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First Name: Naomi
Surname: Turner
Position: Research Student

Research title:  The applicability of aerodynamic models to tidal turbines

Start date: October 2006

For the tidal current power industry to progress, simple models for predicting the performance of tidal current turbines are needed. Currently the aerodynamic models developed for wind turbines are typically used to predict tidal turbine performance. There are a number of significant differences between wind and tidal turbines so these models will not provide a good representation of tidal turbine performance. The main aim of this project is to show the magnitude of the differences between wind and tidal turbine performance caused by dissimilarities in wind and tidal turbine operation. 


  • Alan Owen
  • Mamdud Hossain
  • Pat Pollard