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A Parametric Study of Wave Interaction With a Rotor Having Hydrofoil Blades

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Yingchen Yang, Fredrick Jenet, Ben Xu

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

Juan Carlos Garza, Benjamin Tamayo, Yessica Chavez, Oscar Reyes, Samuel Fuentes

Instituto Tecnológico de Matamoros, Matamoros, Mexico

Paper No. POWER2018-7391, pp. V001T06A020; 6 pages
  • ASME 2018 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2018 12th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2018 Nuclear Forum
  • Volume 1: Fuels, Combustion, and Material Handling; Combustion Turbines Combined Cycles; Boilers and Heat Recovery Steam Generators; Virtual Plant and Cyber-Physical Systems; Plant Development and Construction; Renewable Energy Systems
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, June 24–28, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division, Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division, Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5139-5
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Our recent progress on studying wave interaction with a lift-type rotor is discussed in this paper. The particular focus is on characterization of the rotor’s unidirectional responsiveness in waves. The rotor consists of six hydrofoil blades in two sets. One blade set has three blades laid out as a vertical-axis wind turbine of the Darrieus type. The other blade set has three blades configured like a Wells turbine. In combination, the formed rotor can be driven by flows in any direction to perform unidirectional rotation about its vertically mounted shaft. This unidirectional responsiveness of the rotor also holds in waves, making the rotor a valuable device for wave energy conversion. For parametric study of the rotor, hydrofoil blades using different cross sectional profiles and chord lengths have been employed to configure the rotor. The rotor was then tested in a wave flume under various wave conditions in a freewheeling mode. Experimental results were analyzed and discussed. The yielded research findings will greatly enhance the fundamental understanding on the rotor performance in waves, and effectively guide the prototype rotor development for practical applications.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Waves , Rotors , Blades , Hydrofoil



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