Concept Hydropower CFD Study Successfully Validated

Previous concept hydropower turbine work planned to be tested in May 2014 was cancelled due to the realisation that the previous tidal turbine experimental work at Marintek, Norway could be used to validate an appropriate CFD model, thereby reducing the need for further experimental work.

The study required the application of advanced CFD analysis with the goal of increasing the efficiency and performance of the initial design. Arbitrary moving/sliding interfaces within static computational meshes were utilised which allowed a full transient simulation to be carried out in order to study the interaction between the contra-rotating elements within the turbine.