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Kinetic energy extraction of a tidal stream turbine and its sensitivity to structural stiffness attenuation

Morris, C. E., O'Doherty, D. M., O'Doherty, T. and Mason-Jones, A. ORCID: 2016. Kinetic energy extraction of a tidal stream turbine and its sensitivity to structural stiffness attenuation. Renewable Energy 88 , pp. 30-39. 10.1016/j.renene.2015.10.037

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The hydrodynamic forces imparted on a tidal turbine rotor, whilst causing it to rotate and hence generate power, will also cause the blades to deform. This deformation will affect the turbine's performance if not included in the early design phase and could lead to a decrease in power output and a reduction in operational life. Conversely, designing blades to allow them to deform slightly may reduce localised stress and therefore prolong the life of the blades and allow the blades to deform in to their optimum operational state. The aim of this paper is to better understand the kinetic energy extraction by varying the material modulus of a turbine blade. Shaft torque/power, blade tip displacement, and axial thrust results are presented for 2, 3 and 4 bladed rotor configurations at peak power extraction. For the rotor design studied the FSI model data show that there is a low sensitivity to blade deformation for the 2, 3 and 4 bladed rotors. However, the results reveal that the 3 bladed rotor displayed maximum hydrodynamic performance as a rigid structure which then decreased as the blade deformed. The 2 and 4 bladed rotor configurations elucidated a slight increase in hydrodynamic performance with deflection.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the CC-BY Attribution 4.0 International license.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0960-1481
Funders: EPSRC, LCRI
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 19 October 2015
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:32

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