Force variations measurement on a tidal turbine model due to tower proximity
|Author(s)||Gaurier Benoit1, Payne Grégory2, Bacchetti Thomas1, Facq Jean-Valery1, Germain Gregory1, Shoukat Gohar2|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Ifremer, Laboratoire Comportement des Structures en Mer, 62 200 Boulogne-sur-mer, France
2 : LHEEA, École centrale de Nantes, 44 000 Nantes, France
|Keyword(s)||horizontal axis tidal turbine, performance measurement, force variations, laser doppler velocity measurements, tower proximity|
The main objective of these tests is to quantify the effects of the tower proximity on the force variations of a horizontal axis tidal turbine. The experimental tests have been carried out in the wave and current flume tank of Ifremer at Boulogne-sur-mer, France. Four distances between a dummy tower and the turbine rotor have been tested. For every position of the dummy tower, three flow velocities and eleven turbine rotation speeds have been selected. The turbine performance has been quantified without the dummy tower as well, to generate a reference set of plots for all flow velocities and turbine rotation speeds.
The turbine performance is quantified through the rotor torque, thrust and blade root forces and moments. An inflow velocity measurement has been systematically recorded in synchronization with the turbine parameters, for every acquisition, using a 3 components Laser Doppler Velocimeter.
Please see the ReadMe file for a detailed description of the test setup.