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Studies on the performance of Savonius rotors in a numerical wave tank

Prasad, Deepak D. and Ahmed, Mohammed R. and Lee, Y.H. (2018) Studies on the performance of Savonius rotors in a numerical wave tank. Ocean Engineering, 158 . pp. 29-37. ISSN 0029-8018

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Waves were generated in a numerical wave tank (NWT) using a piston type wave-maker. Firstly, the performance of a 1.8 m diameter Savonius rotor was tested at a mean wave height (H) and a mean wave period (T) of 2.00 m and 12.68 s respectively. The Savonius rotor performed the best at a submergence depth of 1.0 D when compared to greater depths. The power produced by the rotor decreased by 37% at 1.25 D compared to 1.0 D. In addition to this, the blade entry angle also affected the rotor performance. The 20° rotor at 42.5 rpm was found to have the best performance. The maximum power and efficiency at the mean sea state were 15.01 kW and 16.7% respectively. Secondly, simulations were performed at the minimum sea state (H = 1.37 m, T = 10.00 s) and the maximum sea state (H = 2.34 m, T = 14.39 s). It is observed that the peak power at the maximum sea state is lower than the peak power at the mean sea state. The maximum power that the rotor produced was 15.01 kW at 42.5 rpm which gave an efficiency of 16.7% at the mean sea state.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wave energy; Savonius rotor; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD); Numerical wave tank.
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: M. Rafiuddin Ahmed
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 23:01
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 23:01

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