Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Numerical performance prediction for FAU's first generation ocean current turbine
by Vanrietvelde, Nicolas, M.S., Florida Atlantic University, 2009, 133; 1478428
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis presents the analytically predicted position, motion, attitude, power output and forces on Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) first generation ocean current turbine for a wide range of operating conditions. These values are calculated using a 7-DOF dynamics simulation of the turbine and the cable that attaches it to the mooring system. The numerical simulation modifications and upgrades completed in this work include developing a wave model including the effects of waves into the simulation, upgrading the rotor model to specify the number of blades and upgrading the cable model to specify the number of cable elements. This enhanced simulation is used to quantify the turbine's performance in a wide range of currents, wave fields and when stopping and starting the rotor. For a uniform steady current this simulation predicts that when the rotor is fixed in 1.5 m/s current the drag on the turbine is 3.0 kN, the torque on the rotor is 384 N-m, the turbine roll and pitch are 2.4° and −1.2°. When the rotor is allowed to spin up to the rotational velocity where the turbine produces maximum power the turbine drag increases to 7.3 kN, the torque increases to 1482 N-m, the shaft power is 5.8 kW, the turbine roll increases to 9° and the turbine pitch stays constant. Subsequently, a sensitivity analysis is done to evaluate changes in turbine performance caused by changes in turbine design and operation. This analysis show, among other things, that a non-axial flow on the turbine of up to 10° has a minimal effect on net power output and that the vertical stable position of the turbine varies linearly with the weight/buoyancy of the turbine with a maximum variation of 1.77 m for each increase or decrease of 1 kg at a current speed of 0.5 m/s.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Driscoll, Frederick R.
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 48/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ocean engineering
Publication Number: 1478428
ISBN: 978-1-109-57657-3
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