Design tidal turbine or wind turbine software heliciel

Understand and master the design and simulation of tidal propeller turbines:

tidal turbine blades

The tidal turbines and turbines Kaplan are propellers energy harvesting.

Hydropower result of capturing the kinetic energy of the fluid. Turbine propellers, tidal turbines, bulb or kaplan are used to capture low gradients with a high flow rate. When the altitude (pressure available) is important, will be used instead the Pelton turbines .See page mecaflux site turbines for the respective speeds and heights

We have seen that capture the energy of a fluid propeller is subjected to a performance limit expressed by the Betz limit (see theory froude energy capture), at 0.59. This means that our propeller will, in the best case, get that 0.59 times the energy of the fluid. However we speak of hydraulic turbines offering performance of around 0.8_0.9 !

We will study later in this page, only open water turbines, but the turbine types, kaplan, or bulbs, is deepened in the chapter on turbine propeller or Kaplan-type bulbs:turbine kaplan

Chapter Summary hydroelectric turbines:

Systems of energy capture with tidal turbines turbines in open water:
The systems of energy capture with tidal turbines turbines in open water therefore can not exceed the Betz limit. But they are simpler than a hydroelectric plant. with dam and penstock.

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To approach the Betz limit, we should have no losses, especially at the end of blades.To reduce blades tip losses, can be equipped with a propeller shroud, so we talk of ducted propeller. It will be necessary to assess the cost of the shroud, and compare to the gain power, to justify its construction.The assumption for calculating ducted propellers, with Heliciel software differs from the propellers free stream, by canceling losses blade tip (and we can easily compare the power with or without shroud). In reality there are always losses, so the results "ducted" will be slightly optimistic.

tidal turbines hydrohelix

For the propeller of tidal turbine (ducted or not), the Betz limit remains because the current is free around the propeller (with or without fairing), but if it is shrouded, losses at the tip of the blades will be strongly diminished.

tidal turbine blades

With the growing climate issue, and consideration of the environmental impact of dams, this sector of energy production is booming. The tidal turbine potential becomes a sustainable development player and provides additional opportunities for energy capture, of various power.


A generator and a propeller capture (software designed with héliciel) to be adapted to the current speed, and generator torque, provides a source of energy. Comme pour les éoliennes , l'énergie que nous pourrons extraire du courant de fluide (libre) ne peu excéder la limite de Betz. As for wind, energy we can extract from the fluid stream (free) does not exceed the Betz limit. But, because the density of water is higher than that of air, the energy of a stream of water is much higher (about 1000 times) than that of a stream of air: Technical difficulties due to the immersion are significant because they increase the cost of installation and reduce the return on investment.

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Nous n' allons pas faire ici une synthèse de l' état d' avancement du développement de l'énergie hydrolienne(une simple recherche sur le net vous donnera toutes ces informations, wikipedia par exemple.) We n 'will not make a synthesis of the progress in the development of tidal turbine energy (a simple search on the net will give you all the information, for example wikipedia.). The report of the "french ADEME" on the tidal turbines will give you additional information.
Héliciel helice heliciel is rather interested in the design of the turbine propeller of the tidal turbine part.. The propeller of the tidal turbine will have features that meet various constraints::
A tutorial blade design of tidal turbine is available to assess how to parameterize a tidal turbine project in héliciel. The power received by the tidal turbines is important, the profiles of the blades will have a thickness capable of withstanding the forces.


Representation of the drag and lift on a propeller turbine blade in Héliciel

Representation of drag and lift on a propeller blade in Héliciel

Liquid fluids such as water are subject to cavitation.The profiles of the blades or wings working in water must have a geometry, taking into account this phenomenon:The turbine and propeller cavitation is detailed here..

Results details as by elements of the pressure distribution on the blade in HélicielDetailed results of blue element pressure distribution in Heliciel simulation software


To reduce the concentration of lift and cavitation, can decide to increase the number of blade to spread and thus reduce the load on each blade. This within certain limits: the price of the blades, and the disturbance generated by the blades together..
The optimum rotation speed limit , is to be assessed taking into account these elements. The equation for the solution to this problem is complex and generates many solutions. Especially if you can get results in terms of efficiency, geometric definition of profiles whose performance determines the performance of our propeller remains to choose...
Héliciel proposes to solve this complexity by an iteration procedure of speeds coupled with automatic data collection in a database storing the shape and performance of many profiles. see:(Find the Optimum speed with Héliciel)