Advancing tidal energy turbine operations through high fidelity tug propulsion and control simulation software

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Dean Steinke, DSA Consulting Ltd.

Start Date: November 2016

End Date: March 2017

The project objective is to develop a numerical model of a tug boat and its propulsion system to accurately predict its dynamic behaviour in turbulent tidal flows. The DSA team will develop new software for use by industry to improve tug/barge vessel simulation fidelity in high flow marine environments. Specifically, the advanced simulation capability will be used to optimize turbine deployment, installation, maintenance, and retrieval operations in predicting power requirements, thrust and dynamic response. The simulations will help support decision making in reducing operational costs and decrease risk. The project team will work with developers and other industry stakeholders to ensure the new software capability will support industry needs.