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ITTC Recommended Guidelines: Model tests for current turbines (7.5-02-07-03.9)


Day, S and Penesis, I and Babarit, A and Fontaine, A and He, Y and Kraskowski, M and Murai, M and Salvatore, F and Shin, HK, Specialist Committee on Testing of Marine Renewable Devices, ITTC Recommended Guidelines: Model tests for current turbines (7.5-02-07-03.9), Proceedings of the 27th International Towing Tank Conference (Recommended Procedures and Guidelines register), 31 August - 5 September 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 1-17. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to research organisations on designing and performing model tests of current turbine devices at small, intermediate, and field-scale in a reproducible environment at a hydrodynamic test facility suitable for testing such devices. This guideline addresses testing of devices intended to extract energy from both tidal currents, which typically involve bi-directional flow, and ocean currents, which typically involve uni-directional flow. Key issues addressed are:
  • Definition of the stages of a device test program Technology Readiness Level (TRL) definition
  • Summary of testing requirements / challenges for device type (ocean v tidal current, rotating v non-rotating, shallow v deep deployment, rigid mounting v flexible mooring) and device development stage;
  • Coupling between model scale, choice of facility, device type, and experiment stage.
  • Identification of common error sources associated with small to field-scale testing with guidelines on impact on test success, interpretation of test results and how to quantify and report measurement error.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:tidal energy, recommended guideline, ITTC
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Tidal energy
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
ID Code:115770
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-04-07
Last Modified:2017-06-21
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