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Temporal Evolution of Seabed Scour Induced by Darrieus-Type Tidal Current Turbine

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
First R&D Services, A-08-16 M Suites, 283 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia
Pyrolysis Technology Research Group, Eastern Corridor Renewable Energy Group (ECRE), School of Ocean Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Nerus 21030, Malaysia
School of Engineering, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
School of Natural and Built Environment, Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering and Planning, Queen’s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG, UK
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Water 2019, 11(5), 896;
Received: 26 March 2019 / Revised: 17 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 28 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experimental, Numerical and Field Approaches to Scour Research)
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The temporal evolution of seabed scour was investigated to prevent damage around a monopile foundation for Darrieus-type tidal current turbine. Temporal scour depths and profiles at various turbine radius and tip clearances were studied by using the experimental measurements. Experiments were carried out in a purpose-built recirculating water flume associated with 3D printed turbines. The scour hole was developed rapidly in the initial process and grew gradually. The ultimate equilibrium of scour hole was reached after 180 min. The scour speed increased with the existence of a rotating turbine on top of the monopile. The findings suggested that monopile foundation and the rotating turbine are two significant considerations for the temporal evolution of scour. The scour depth is inversely correlated to the tip-bed clearance between the turbine and seabed. Empirical equations were proposed to predict the temporal scour depth around turbine. These equations were in good agreement with the experimental data. View Full-Text
Keywords: seabed scour; tidal current turbine; ocean renewable energy seabed scour; tidal current turbine; ocean renewable energy

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Sun, C.; Lam, W.H.; Lam, S.S.; Dai, M.; Hamill, G. Temporal Evolution of Seabed Scour Induced by Darrieus-Type Tidal Current Turbine. Water 2019, 11, 896.

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