About the project

The Unsteady Loading Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Study is a community engagement activity that is conducting a series of high fidelity experiments on a highly instrumented 1.6m diameter tidal turbine in waves and turbulent flows. This will provide high resolution data including spanwise distributions of flapwise and edgewise bending moments.

The exercise is aimed at improving understanding of where different prediction methods do well and where they don't and to quantify levels of error and confidence. Ultimately the staged release of data is designed to help the modelling community to improve their prediction tools.

Data and experiments

The data will be stage released through a series of workshops through which the community will be invited to participate in blind prediction exercises of different selected performance and unsteady loading cases.

  • The main experiments for this project will be conducted in December 2021, with first turbine loading data released at the Oxford Tidal Energy workshop in April 2022 (dates to be confirmed).
  • This will be followed by subsequent phases of staged data release.
  • A blind prediction exercise will precede each staged data release.

Project resources

Video: Launch of the Unsteady Loading Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Study

Video: Launch of the Unsteady Loading Tidal Turbine…

A recording from the launch at the EWTEC 2021 side event

A recording on the Supergen ORE Hub side event at EWTEC 2021, which included the launch of the Unsteady Loading Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Study. To view the presentation about the study, please skip to 35 minites and 35 seconds.

Tidal Turbine Benchmarking presentation from EWTEC 2021

Tidal Turbine Benchmarking presentation from EWTEC 2021

Presented at the Supergen ORE Hub side event at EWTEC 2021

Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Summary - September 2021

Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Summary - September 2021

Experimental set up - Unsteady Leading Tidal Turbine Benchmarking Study

Experimental set up - Unsteady Leading Tidal Turbine…

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