Experimental study of hydrodynamic performance of full-scale horizontal axis tidal current turbine


In this paper, experiments of both the model turbine (1 kW) and the full scale (10 kW) turbine are carried out in a towing tank and a basin, respectively, and the test of the full scale turbine on the sea is conducted. By comparison between the model turbine (D = 0.7m) and the full scale turbine (D = 2.0m), it is shown that the maximum power coefficient increases with the increase of the diameter of the turbine. The test results on the sea are used to study the hydrodynamic performances of the horizontal axis turbine, and provide a basis for the design. Experimental results can validate the accuracy of the numerical simulation results.

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Correspondence to Wei-jia Ma 马伟佳.

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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51409057, 51579055), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20132304110009) and the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (Grant No. E2015048).

Biography: Feng-mei Jing (1982-), Female, Ph. D., Associate Professor

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Jing, F., Ma, W., Zhang, L. et al. Experimental study of hydrodynamic performance of full-scale horizontal axis tidal current turbine. J Hydrodyn 29, 109–117 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1001-6058(16)60722-9

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Key words

  • Tidal current energy
  • horizontal axis turbine
  • model test
  • full scale test
  • sea trial