Reference Model 1 Full Scale Geometry (RM1: Tidal Current Turbine)


Contains the Reference Model 1 (RM1) full scale geometry files of the Tidal Current Turbine, developed by the Reference Model Project (RMP). These full scale geometry files are saved as SolidWorks assembly, X_T, IGS, 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 1 (RM1) is a dual variable-speed variable-pitch (VSVP) axial-flow tidal turbine device, designed for the Tacoma Narrows tidal current energy resource site in Puget Sound, Washington. RM1 comprises a monopile foundation and a crossarm assembly to mount the two rotors. The cross-arm assembly is nearly neutrally buoyant so the attached rotors can be recovered and redeployed with a minimal amount of lifting crane capacity; therefore, the design minimizes the handling requirements during deployment and recovery, which reduces overall cost in all O&M activities including access to the power conversion chain (PCC).

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DOE Project Name: Reference Model Project
DOE Project Number: FY13 AOP
DOE Project Lead: Jeff Rieks
DOI: 10.15473/1819888
Last Updated: 9 months ago
Data from September, 2014
Submitted Sep 10, 2021


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Vince Neary
Sandia National Laboratories
Michael Lawson
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ye Li
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Danny Sale
University of Washington
Arnie Fontaine
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab
Michael Beam
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab
Brian Kline
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab
Jeffrey Epler
Revision Consulting
Mirko Previsic
Revision Consulting
Brian Polagye
University of Washington


MHK, Marine, Hydrokinetic, energy, power, Reference Model, RM1, Tidal Current, Current Energy, Marine Energy, model, SOLIDWORKS, CAD, 3D model, tidal turbine, axial flow turbine, dual turbine, assembly


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