The Fluid Mechanics of Tidal Stream Energy Conversion

Thomas A.A. Adcock, Scott Draper, Richard H.J. Willden, Christopher R. Vogel

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Placing mechanical devices into fast-moving tidal streams to generate clean and predictable electricity is a developing technology. This review covers the fundamental fluid mechanics of this application, which is important for understanding how such devices work and how they interact with the tidal stream resource. We focus on how tidal stream turbines and energy generation are modeled analytically, numerically, and experimentally. Owing to the nature of the problem, our review is split into different scales-from turbine to array and regional-and we examine each in turn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-310
Number of pages24
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2021


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