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Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations in Flow Past Arrays of Finite Plate: Marine Current Energy Harvesting Applications

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Bashar Attiya, I-Han Liu, Cosan Daskiran, Alparslan Oztekin

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Jacob Riglin

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Paper No. IMECE2017-70900, pp. V007T09A064; 8 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Fluids Engineering
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5842-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Computational fluid dynamics simulations have been conducted for flows past two finite tandem plates at Reynolds number of 50,000. Large Eddy Simulations (LES) were employed in two and three-dimensional geometries to study the interference between tandem plate pair. In order to study the effects of plate corner angle on the flow field and drag forces, two different plate end corners, 90° and a sharp 45° corner angle, were also investigated. The switching from 90° to 45° corners complicate the flow pattern, increase the mean value of drag force and the fluctuations of the drag on the plate. As vortices shed from the upstream plate and reached close proximity to the face of the downstream plate, the vortex cores deformed highly. This behavior reduces the drag coefficient in the downstream plate. Drag coefficient was higher in the 45° case, for both the up and downstream plates by 5% and 10% respectively. Drag coefficient of downstream is recovered almost fully in the 45° case with just 3% difference from the upstream compared to 7% difference in 90° case. Lagrangian Coherent structures were identified and presented in a two-dimensional geometry. This gave a better understanding of the wake flow structure and their influence on the hydrodynamic loading on plates. Contours of vorticity fields and iso-surfaces of Q-criterion, and pressure distribution around the plates were also presented and discussed.

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