To provide an introduction to the methods and techniques of model testing in marine hydrodynamics.
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the tools and techniques available for physical testing of wind, wave and tidal energy devices and their supporting structures
- Assess the limitations of sub-scale testing and evaluate consequences for full scale performance
- Identify the most common issues and regulatory requirements for certifying wind, wave and tidal energy devices in the UK.
- Hydrodynamic Testing:Overview of facilities and techniques for testing offshore renewable energy technologies with visit to the Cranfield Wave Tank Test facility including practical demonstrations
- Review of existing facilities worldwide and their capabilities
- Theoretical background - Scaling Laws
- Wave generation and absorption at model scale
- Towing mechanisms
- Water circulation systems
- State of the art instrumentation and flow visualisation.
- Aerodynamic testing:Overview of facilities and techniques for testing wind turbine rotors with visits to the Cranfield Wind Tunnel facilities and Wind Turbine Test facility including practical demonstrations.
- Wind Tunnels (model scaling and blockage constraints, model mounting systems and instrumentation)
- Full-scale testing
- Wind-speed monitoring.
- Certification routes:
- Verification procedures
- Performance warranties.
Who should attend?
This course will be of interest to those involved in the design and testing of marine renewable energy converters.
This course consists of lectures and tutorials in wave-towing tank. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.
*PLEASE NOTE: Course dates provided are provisional and may change; confirmed dates will be provided upon course registration.