Tidal turbines have been tested extensively at many scales in steady state flow. Testing medium- or full-scale devices in turbulent flow has been less thoroughly examined. The differences between turbine performances in these two different states are needed for testing method verification and numerical model validation. The work in this paper documents the performance of a 1/10 scale turbine in steady state pushing tests and tidal moored tests. The overall performance of the device appears to decrease with turbulent flow, though there is increased data scatter and therefore, reduced uncertainty. At maximum power performance, as velocity increases the mechanical power and electrical power reduction from steady to unsteady flow increases. The drive train conversion efficiency also decreases. This infers that the performance for this turbine design is affected by the presence of turbulent flow.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy - Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 15 Sep 2014 → 17 Sep 2014
|Conference||International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy|
|Period||15/09/2014 → 17/09/2014|
Jeffcoate, P., Elsaesser, B., Whittaker, T., & Boake, C. (2014). Testing Tidal Turbines - Part 1: Steady Towing Tests vs Tidal Moored Tests. Paper presented at International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy, Glasgow, United Kingdom.