Horizontal-axis tidal turbine blade loading for multi-frequency oscillatory motion

I.A. Milne, A. H. Day, R.N. Sharma, R.G.J. Flay

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This paper presents results from an experimental study which analysed the hydrodynamic response of the out-of-plane blade root bending moment for a horizontal-axis turbine exposed to multi-frequency oscillatory motion. Estimates of the amplitude and phase agree well with those for single frequency oscillatory motion, which suggests that a model based on the principles of linear superposition is applicable. When minor flow separation is experienced, linear superposition is likely to offer conservative estimates. The findings are likely to be of interest to designers of turbines deployed in tidal streams, rivers or canals, and who are seeking low computational approaches for assessing the dynamic blade loads.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Event18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference - Launceston, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20127 Dec 2012


Conference18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference


  • horizontal-axis
  • tidal turbine
  • blade loading
  • multi-frequency
  • oscillatory motion
  • hydrodynamic response
  • out-of-plane blade root bending moment


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