Energy Research Area: Energy generation from tidal currents. Hydrokinetics of submerged turbines for performance optimization and environmental impact assessment.
We are studying the hydrodynamics of submerged turbines located in regions of strong tidal currents for energy extraction. The fluid mechanics of this complex turbulent flow, in the presence of stratification, sediment, cavitation, etc., represents an important scientific challenge with direct implications on the feasibility of the technology and its potential environmental impact.
Record last updated on March 24th 2010 PST.