Harmonic Balance Navier–Stokes Analysis of Tidal Stream Turbine Wave Loads

  • A. Cavazzini
  • M. S. CampobassoEmail author
  • M. Marconcini
  • R. Pacciani
  • A. Arnone
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ARCTIC, a novel incompressible Reynolds–averaged Navier–Stokes finite volume code for the hydrodynamic analysis of open rotor unsteady loads is presented. One of its unique features is a harmonic balance solver enabling high–fidelity analyses of turbine periodic hydrodynamic loads with runtimes reduced by more than one order of magnitude over conventional time–domain CFD, and with negligible accuracy penalty. The strength of the new technology is demonstrated by analyzing with both harmonic balance and time–domain solvers the load fluctuations of a realistic tidal stream turbine. Such fluctuations are caused by a harmonic perturbation of the freestream velocity similar to that due to surface gravity waves.


Harmonic balance Navier–Stokes Artificial compressibility Tidal stream turbine Wave loads 



This work was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council within Lancaster University Impact Acceleration Account, Grant No. EP/R511560/1. The authors are grateful to SIMEC ATLANTIS ENERGY Ltd. for their advice. All ARCTIC simulations were run on the HEC cluster of Lancaster University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Cavazzini
    • 1
  • M. S. Campobasso
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Marconcini
    • 2
  • R. Pacciani
    • 2
  • A. Arnone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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