Hydrodynamics of marine current turbines

Batten, W.M.J., Bahaj, A.S., Molland, A.F. and Chaplin, J.R. (2004) Hydrodynamics of marine current turbines. In, Proceedings of the 8th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC VIII). World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC-VIII) , Elsevier Science.


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Various global studies have shown that marine currents have large
potential as a predictable sustainable resource for commercial scale
generation of electrical power. For successful exploitation of this
resource, understanding of the hydrodynamics of the marine
current turbine is of primary importance. Although a lot can be
learned from, the technology transfer of wind turbines and ship
propellers, there has been scarcely any research for this
application. The current research has judged the performance of
2D section shapes, suitable for turbine blades, experimentally in a
cavitation tunnel and with numerical simulations. Based upon this
and other 2D data a methodology is presented for the
hydrodynamic design of marine current turbines. A model of a
typical 3D rotor will be compared with future towing tank and 3D
cavitation tunnel experiments.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0080444709 (hardback)
9780080444703 (hardback)
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Subjects: V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53471
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
16 November 2004Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/53471

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