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Model testing of a series of bi-directional tidal turbine rotors


Liu, P and Bose, N and Frost, R and MacFarlane, G and Lilienthal, T and Penesis, I and Windsor, F and Thomas, G, Model testing of a series of bi-directional tidal turbine rotors, Energy, 67 pp. 397-410. ISSN 0360-5442 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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A series of 7 bi-directional tidal turbine metal rotor models were manufactured and tested. A rotor testing apparatus was built using an off-the-shelf propeller dynamometer. Configuration, testing set-up, calibration of the apparatus and data acquisition details are described. Influences of Reynolds number, pitch ratio, pitch distribution and solidity, on hydrodynamic performance, were made and are presented. In addition to other findings, a rotor with a solidity of 0.4 produced the highest power output. The increase in power coefficient from a solidity of 0.2 to 0.4 and 0.6 to 0.4, is 14% and 16%, respectively. This indicates that for this kind of bi-directional turbine, a relatively larger solidity of about 0.4 than most installed turbine rotors maybe a better choice in terms of power output.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tidal energy, turbines, rotor, rotor testing, bi-directional turbine, HATT, HACT
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Tidal energy
UTAS Author:Liu, P (Associate Professor Pengfei Liu)
UTAS Author:Bose, N (Professor Neil Bose)
UTAS Author:Frost, R (Mr Rowan Frost)
UTAS Author:MacFarlane, G (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
UTAS Author:Lilienthal, T (Mr Tim Lilienthal)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
ID Code:89494
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2014-03-05
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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