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Enhancing performance of a horizontal axis tidal turbine using adaptive blades

By Rachel Nicholls-Lee and Stephen R. Turnock


Free stream tidal turbines are a source of growing interest in the marine renewable energy field. Some designs use variable pitch blade control devices in order to maximize the efficiency of the turbines; however these are complex to design, construct and maintain under the severe load conditions sub sea devices experience. Adaptive materials have been used in the wind industry to create bend-twist coupled blades in an effort to bring turbine efficiency ever closer to the Betz limit, and increase annual energy capture. This work encompasses a feasibility study, focusing on hydrodynamic performance calculations, wherein the blade geometry is artificially reconfigured as a function of flow velocity. The pressure distribution over the blade is also analysed. The concept of a passively adaptive tidal turbine blade is shown to increase annual energy capture, reduce blade loading and delay cavitation inception

Topics: TC, TJ
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:47124
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