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Title: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of renewable energy turbine wake interactions
Author: Johnson, Benjamin Michael Carver
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 3840
Awarding Body: University of Central Lancashire
Current Institution: University of Central Lancashire
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis presents Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of renewable turbines akin to those used for wind, hydro, and tidal applications. The models developed took the form of actuator discs with the solution of incompressible Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations with the k-ω SST turbulence models. Simulations were initially conducted of a single turbine in water and air and then two axially aligned turbines to study the flow field interactions. These models were compared with previous theoretical, experimental and numerical data evident in the literature. Generally, good agreement was found between these models and other analogous data sources in terms of velocity profiles in the far wake. The actuator disc method was underpinned using the transient actuator line method, which showed good agreement from a quantitative and qualitative viewpoint. However, it required significant additional computational time when compared to the actuator disc method. Each of the models were developed and solved using complimentary commercially available CFD codes, ANSYS-CFX and ANSYS-Fluent. For this type of study, a critical evaluation of these codes was in all probability performed for the first time, where it is shown that for the studies investigated in this thesis ANSYS-CFX performed better than ANSYS-Fluent with respect to the computational effort (i.e. time and lines of code).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)