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Title: A 1:8.7 Scale Water Tunnel Verification & Validation Test of an Axial Flow Water Turbine

Abstract

As interest in waterpower technologies has increased over the last few years, there has been a growing need for a public database of measured data for these devices. This would provide a basic understanding of the technology and means to validate analytic and numerical models. Through collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories, Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, and University of California, Davis, a new marine hydrokinetic turbine rotor was designed, fabricated at 1:8.7-scale, and experimentally tested to provide an open platform and dataset for further study and development. The water tunnel test of this three-bladed, horizontal-axis rotor recorded power production, blade loading, near-wake characterization, cavitation effects, and noise generation. This report documents the small-scale model test in detail and provides a brief discussion of the rotor design and an initial look at the results with comparison against low-order modeling tools. Detailed geometry and experimental measurements are released to Sandia National Laboratories as a data report addendum.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1171589
Report Number(s):
SAND2014-17797R
537583
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY

Citation Formats

Fontaine, Arnold A., Straka, William A., Meyer, Richard S., and Jonson, Michael L. A 1:8.7 Scale Water Tunnel Verification & Validation Test of an Axial Flow Water Turbine. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1171589.
Fontaine, Arnold A., Straka, William A., Meyer, Richard S., & Jonson, Michael L. A 1:8.7 Scale Water Tunnel Verification & Validation Test of an Axial Flow Water Turbine. United States. doi:10.2172/1171589.
Fontaine, Arnold A., Straka, William A., Meyer, Richard S., and Jonson, Michael L. Mon . "A 1:8.7 Scale Water Tunnel Verification & Validation Test of an Axial Flow Water Turbine". United States. doi:10.2172/1171589. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1171589.
@article{osti_1171589,
title = {A 1:8.7 Scale Water Tunnel Verification & Validation Test of an Axial Flow Water Turbine},
author = {Fontaine, Arnold A. and Straka, William A. and Meyer, Richard S. and Jonson, Michael L.},
abstractNote = {As interest in waterpower technologies has increased over the last few years, there has been a growing need for a public database of measured data for these devices. This would provide a basic understanding of the technology and means to validate analytic and numerical models. Through collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories, Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, and University of California, Davis, a new marine hydrokinetic turbine rotor was designed, fabricated at 1:8.7-scale, and experimentally tested to provide an open platform and dataset for further study and development. The water tunnel test of this three-bladed, horizontal-axis rotor recorded power production, blade loading, near-wake characterization, cavitation effects, and noise generation. This report documents the small-scale model test in detail and provides a brief discussion of the rotor design and an initial look at the results with comparison against low-order modeling tools. Detailed geometry and experimental measurements are released to Sandia National Laboratories as a data report addendum.},
doi = {10.2172/1171589},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Mon Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014}
}

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