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CFD Analysis of Stall in a Wells Turbine

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Kellis Kincaid, David W. MacPhee

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Paper No. POWER2018-7558, pp. V001T06A031; 7 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


The Wells turbine is a self-rectifying device that employs a symmetrical blade profile, and is often used in conjunction with an oscillating water column to extract energy from ocean waves. The effects of solidity, angle of attack, blade shape and many other parameters have been widely studied both numerically and experimentally. To date, several 3-D numerical simulations have been performed using commercial software, mostly with steady flow conditions and employing various two-equation turbulence models. In this paper, the open source code Open-FOAM is used to numerically study the performance characteristics of a Wells turbine using a two-equation turbulence model, namely the Menter SST model, in conjunction with a transient fluid solver.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME



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