Cavitation Investigation of Hydrofoils for Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines

Conference Paper

Title: Cavitation Investigation of Hydrofoils for Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines
Publication Date:
July 07, 2013
Conference Name: Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
Conference Location: Incline Village, Nevada, USA
Pages: 1-8
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Nedyalkov, I.; Wosnik, M. (2013). Cavitation Investigation of Hydrofoils for Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines. Paper Presented at the Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, Incline Village, Nevada, USA.

Three different hydrofoil sections were investigated in the recently renovated High-Speed Cavitation Tunnel (HICAT) at the University of New Hampshire: a NACA 0015 (reference foil), a NACA 63-424, and a bidirectional version of the NACA 63-424 hydrofoil. Bi-directional hydrofoils are of interest for marine renewable energy conversion, since they allow the elimination of pitch control mechanisms on marine hydrokinetic turbines. Hydrofoil lift and drag were measured for different velocities, pressures, and angles of attack. For some experimental con- ditions, comparative PIV measurements were performed in the near-wake region. A cavitation inception model for marine hy- drokinetic turbines was derived. Cavitation numbers for incep- tion were obtained for the two NACA 63-424 foils by varying pressure at constant speed as well as by varying speed at con- stant pressure. The performance of the NACA 63-424 and the bidirectional NACA 63-424 was compared. 

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