Turbulent Scale and Wake Modeling on a Horizontal Axis Turbine

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Dominic Groulx,  and Nicholas Osborne, Dalhousie University

Start Date: January 2014

End Date: April 2015

This research project aims to accurately simulate turbulent flow over a scaled horizontal axis tidal turbine to resolve turbulence in the near and far field regions. The simulation of a scaled model is an appropriate approach and allows for experimental validation. The successfully validated model will enable a better determination of which turbulence model is better suited for tidal turbine study, and will therefore be able to accurately estimate blade forces and near/far field turbulence. The success of this project will allow for improved blade design optimization as well as give better insight into the flow-physics of a tidal array setup.


Turbulent Scale and Wake Modeling on a Horizontal Axis Turbine [PDF]

3D Modelling of A Tidal Turbine – A Numerical Investigation of Wake Phenomena [PDF]


OSBOURNE, N., GROULX, D, PENESIS, I. (2014) Three Dimensional Simulation of Horizontal Axis Tidal Turbine – Comparison with Experimental Results, 2nd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (AWTEC), Tokyo (Japan), 8 p.

OSBOURNE, N., GROULX, D., PENESIS, I. (2015) 3D Modeling of a Tidal Turbine – An Investigation of Wake Phenomena, 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (EWTEC), Nantes (France), 10 p.

Nicholas Osbourne Thesis – 3D Modelling of a Tidal Turbine