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An Experimental Survey in the Wake of a Simulated Tidal Current Turbine

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of IMarEST - Part A - Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology
VolumeA12
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

Abstract

Abstract: This paper presents two experimental test programmes, conducted in a water flow channel and a tow tank respectively, and devised to investigate the wake behind a simulated horizontal axis tidal current turbine, Both sets of experimental results have identified the wake as having a Gaussian-like shape and the wake deficit recovering gradually with distance downstream. Also, although it is not directly representative of real operating conditions, the appropriateness of a towing lank for the model tidal current turbine testing has been supported, by having obtained compatible force and wake profiles in the two test programmes

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