RANS Simulation VBM of Single Full Scale DOE RM1 MHK Turbine


Attached are the .cas and .dat files along with the required User Defined Functions (UDFs) and look-up table of lift and drag coefficients for Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulation of a single full scale DOE RM1 turbine implemented in ANSYS FLUENT CFD-package.

In this case study the flow field around and in the wake of the full scale DOE RM1 turbine is simulated using Blade Element Model (a.k.a Virtual Blade Model [VBM]) by solving RANS equations coupled with k-\omega turbulence closure model. It should be highlighted that in this simulation the actual geometry of the rotor blade is not modeled. The effect of turbine rotating blades are modeled using the Blade Element Theory.

This simulation provides an accurate estimate for the performance of device and structure of it's turbulent far wake. Due to the simplifications implemented for modeling the rotating blades in this model, VBM is limited to capture details of the flow field in near wake region of the device.

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DOE Project Name: Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
DOE Project Number: GO18179
DOE Project Lead: Jim Ahlgrimm
DOI: 10.15473/1420428
Last Updated: over a year ago
Data from April, 2013
Submitted Jun 9, 2016


University of Washington



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Teymour Javaherchi
University of Washington NNMREC
Alberto Aliseda
University of Washington NNMREC


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