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Development of a High-Resolution Simulation Methodology for In-Situ Tidal Turbine Performance

Date: February 25, 2015 at 15:15 GMT

Modeling rotating turbine blades as part of an in-situ CFD simulation is time consuming and impractical. Using radial varying lift and drag coefficients determined by experiment, the Blade Element Model can determine the turbine loading and power extraction without modeling the individual turbine blades. This greatly simplifies CFD turbine simulations, making in-situ turbine modeling using real-world bathymetry a practical endeavor 

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