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Performance Investigation of an Innovative Vertical Axis Hydrokinetic Turbine – Straight Blade Cascaded (VAHT-SBC) for Low Current Speed
Ridho Hantoro, Juniarko Prananda, Ahmad Wildan Mahmashani, Erna Septyaningrum, Fahmi Imanuddin

Last modified: 2017-07-16


Research on the development and innovation of Vertical Axis Hydrokinetic Turbine (VAHT) to improve performance has been done. One of the important indicator that affects VAHT's performance is Coefficient of Performance (Cp). Theoretical Cp value for the VAT (Darrieus) turbine is 0.45. This paper presents the results of a performance investigation for an innovative Vertical Axis Hydrokinetic Turbine – Straight Blade Cascaded (VAHT-SBC) by modifying the number and the arrangement of blades using CFD simulation. Symmetrical NACA 0018 is used for this study, each model is simulated with current speed variation (U - m/s) of 0.5, 1 and 1.5. An increase in Cp value is shown in variation of 9 blades (3 blades cascaded in each arm) with Cp value of 0.396 at TSR of 2.27 which is reach 88% of the theoretical value. Furthermore, the flow profile of the pressure contour, velocity streamline and torque fluctuations are also presented in this paper to gain in deep information.