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Flow Curvature Effect on Dynamic Behaviour of a Novel Vertical Axis Tidal Current Turbine: Numerical and Experimental Analysis

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Domenico Coiro, Fabrizio Nicolosi, Agostino De Marco, Stefano Melone, Francesco Montella

University of Naples “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy

Paper No. OMAE2005-67193, pp. 601-609; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents a summary of the work done by the authors regarding the design, construction and test of vertical axis hydro turbines to exploit tidal currents. Double Multiple Streamtube (DMS) model and Vortex model have been used to predict turbines performances either with fixed blades or with self-acting variable pitch blades. Within the DMS model, VAWT and VAWT_dyn codes have been developed to analyze steady and dynamic performances; within Vortex model, VAT-VOR3D code has been developed. Theoretical analysis and numerical predicted performances have been compared and validated with experimental test results on both model and real scale turbines. A comparison between DMS and Vortex model results has been presented. Moreover, the recent activities in terms of numerical investigations on the flow curvature effects are presented.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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