Comparison of LIMPET contra-rotating wells turbine with theoretical and model test predictions

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The performance of the contra-rotating Wells turbine installed in the LIMPET wave power station is compared to the predicted performance from theoretical analysis and model tests. A reasonable agreement was found between the predicted and measured turbine damping characteristic, however the turbine efficiency was found to be poorly predicted. It is postulated that this is due to the unsteady nature and mal-distribution of flow through the LIMPET turbine, which were not considered in the predictions. It is suggested that the reduced performance of the contra-rotating Wells turbine makes biplane or monoplane Wells turbines with guide vanes better solutions for OWC's.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1069
Number of pages14
JournalOcean Engineering
Volume33 (8-9)
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


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