Reference Model 2 Full Scale Geometry (RM2: River Current Turbine)


Contains the Reference Model 2 (RM2) full scale geometry files of the River Current Turbine, developed by the Reference Model Project (RMP). These full scale geometry files are saved as SolidWorks assembly, IGS, X_T, and STEP files, and require a CAD program to view. This data was generated upon completion of the project on September 30, 2014.

The Reference Model Project (RMP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), was a partnered effort to develop open-source MHK point designs as reference models (RMs) to benchmark MHK technology performance and costs, and an open-source methodology for design and analysis of MHK technologies, including models for estimating their capital costs, operational costs, and levelized costs of energy. The point designs also served as open-source test articles for university researchers and commercial technology developers. The RMP project team, led by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), included a partnership between DOE, three national laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Applied Research Laboratory of Penn State University, and Re Vision Consulting.

Reference Model 2 (RM2) is a variable speed dual-rotor cross-flow river turbine that is deployed at the waters surface. It was designed for deployment at a reference site modeled after a reach in the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The rotors are anchored to a two-pontoon vessel platform. Surface deployment of the turbine minimizes the handling requirements during deployment and recovery and reduces overall costs for all O&M activities, including allowing for easy access to the power conversion chain (PCC). The design (two rotors per platform) also reduces the environmental footprint and associated environmental compliance costs.

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DOE Project Name: Reference Model Project
DOE Project Number: FY13 AOP
DOE Project Lead: Jeff Rieks
DOI: 10.15473/1819889
Last Updated: 9 months ago
Data from September, 2014
Submitted Sep 10, 2021


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Vince Neary
Sandia National Laboratories
Matt Barone
Sandia National Laboratories
Todd Griffith
Sandia National Laboratories
Jeffrey Epler
Revision Consulting
Mirko Previsic
Revision Consulting
Michael Beam
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab
Jesse Roberts
Sandia National Laboratories


MHK, Marine, Hydrokinetic, energy, power, Reference Model, River Current, RM2, Marine Energy, cross flow turbine, CEC, current energy converter, river, current, CAD, 3D Model, dual rotor, assembly


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