Comparison of three different turbine designs in unsteady flow conditions

Date 2021-02-01
Temporal extent 2020-12-14 -2020-12-18
Author(s) Smyth AmandaORCID1, Young AnnaORCID2, Gaurier BenoitORCID3, Germain GregoryORCID3, Facq Jean-Valery3, Bacchetti Thomas3
Affiliation(s) 1 : University of Oxford, Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, United Kingdom
2 : University of Bath, Department of Mechanical Engineering, United Kingdom
3 : Ifremer, Laboratoire Comportement des Structures en Mer, Boulogne-sur-mer, France
DOI 10.17882/78902
Publisher SEANOE
Note MaRINET 2, call 4, project 4017: Fatigue Loading from Unsteady Flow Features (FLUFF)
Keyword(s) horizontal axis tidal turbine, performance comparison, wave and current interactions, laser doppler velocity measurements, particle image velocimetry, wave gauges
Abstract

The purpose of the experiments is to compare how three different turbine designs perform in unsteady flow conditions: in turbulence and in surface waves, generated in the wave and current flume tank of Ifremer at Boulogne-sur-mer. An additional objective is to characterise the unsteady inflow conditions, and correlate them to the measured turbine loads.

The turbine performance is measured in steady and unsteady flow, through torque and thrust transducers. The inflow is characterised through 2-components and 3-components LDV systems and PIV measurements. The two LDV systems are used to take simultaneous 2-point measurements of the turbulent flow, at several locations in the turbine plane. This is done in an empty tank, i.e. when the turbine is not deployed. The purpose is to measure the spatial correlation of turbulent gusts in the turbine plane, by measuring at two locations simultaneously.

When the turbine is deployed, one velocity measurement point (using the 2-components LDV) is always acquired upstream of the turbine hub and in synchronization with the turbine parameters. Time-resolved PIV recording at 15 Hz is used to measure the flow adjacent to the turbine when operating in turbulence. The PIV plane includes the upper half of the turbine diameter, i.e. the edge of the turbine nose is just visible on the bottom right side of the PIV plane. These PIV measurements are acquired in synchronization with the turbine parameters.

These LDV and PIV measurements enable the correlation and the coherence between the inflow characteristics and the turbine parameters to be processed.

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Acknowledgements This MaRINET 2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 731084.
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Smyth Amanda, Young Anna, Gaurier Benoit, Germain Gregory, Facq Jean-Valery, Bacchetti Thomas (2021). Comparison of three different turbine designs in unsteady flow conditions. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/78902