3D modelling and optimization of a hydrokinetic power generation barge

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Conference11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 6-11 September, 2015, Nantes, France
SubjectHydrokinetic energy; physical modelling; power generation; paddle wheel; efficiency; energy convertor
AbstractA physical modelling study has been conducted to investigate the performance and help optimize the design of a stationary floating barge fitted with an undershot paddle wheel designed to convert hydrokinetic energy into electrical energy in a range of steady flows. The paddle wheel is located inside a contraction within a central flow channel formed between two lateral pontoons. A systematic approach was used to investigate the effects of changing several parameters, including barge width, wheel diameter, wheel breadth, degree of contraction/ expansion, barge trim, barge draft, and incident flow velocity. The influences of these parameters were investigated with the goal of maximizing both power production and overall efficiency.
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AffiliationOcean, Coastal and River Engineering; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberOCRE-PR-2015-022
NPARC number21277626
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