A study on the flow characteristics of a direct drive turbine for energy conversion generation by experiment and CFD

Y. J. Cho, M. A. Zullah, M. Faizal, Y. D. Choi, Y. H. Lee

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A variety of technologies has been proposed to capture the energy from waves. Some of the more promising designs are undergoing demonstration testing at commercial scales. Due to the complexity of most offshore wave energy devices and their motion response in different sea states, physical tank tests are common practice for WEC design. Full scale tests are also necessary, but are expensive and only considered once the design has been optimized. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is now recognized as an important complement to traditional physical testing techniques in offshore engineering. Once properly calibrated and validated to the problem, CFD offers a high density of test data and results in a reasonable timescale to assist with design changes and improvements to the device. The purpose of this study is to investigate the performance of a newly developed direct drive hydro turbine (DDT), which will be built in a caisson for extraction of wave energy. Experiments and CFD analysis are conducted to clarify the turbine performance and internal flow characteristics. The results show that commercial CFD code can be applied successfully to the simulation of the wave motion in the water tank. The performance of the turbine for wave energy converter is studied continuously for a ongoing project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdit IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
EditionPART 4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventIAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems 2012 - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 Aug 201223 Aug 2012
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceIAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems 2012

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