Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop

figureDates:  29th and 30th March 2012

Venue:  Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (LR2, Thom Building)

We are pleased to announce a workshop on tidal-stream energy to be held in Oxford on the 29th and 30th of March 2012. The workshop is aimed at academics, researchers and postgraduate research students working on fluid related aspects of tidal-stream power generation. The topics to be discussed shall include, but will not be restricted to:

- Device-scale problems (hydrodynamics, design, fluid-structure interaction etc.)
- Array-scale problems (turbine-turbine interaction etc.)
- Basin-scale problems
- Novel experimental, computational and theoretical approaches for tidal energy research

Participants are asked to submit a short (1 to 2 pages) abstract in the format of the template provided by the organisers. Abstracts will be used for light reviewing and the development of themed sessions. We anticipate that all participants will be timetabled to make oral presentations; however depending on the number of abstracts submitted we may also run poster sessions. Participants may also request a poster in place of an oral presentation.


Final Programme and Abstracts:

A compiled PDF file of 20 final abstracts is available here (45 pages, 7.4 MB).


Important Dates:

Registration deadline:  9th March 2012  ** closed **

Abstract submission deadline:  9th March 2012  ** closed **



The workshop is sponsored by the Oxford Martin School and we are delighted that there will be no registration fee for any participants. We will be able to cover costs for university accommodation (up to 1 night) for postgraduate students as well as provide a workshop banquet for all participants on the evening of the 29th March.



Dr Richard H. J. Willden (University of Oxford)
Dr Takafumi Nishino (University of Oxford)
Prof. Guy T. Houlsby (University of Oxford)
Dr Tim Stallard (University of Manchester)



Thursday (29th)

    11:00 - 11:10  Opening

    11:10 - 12:50  Session 1

                            The Influence of Vertical Velocity Shear on Tidal Turbine Performance and Wake Recovery

                                 Simon C. McIntosh (University of Oxford)

                            “From Vessel to Model”: Bridging the Gap between Real and Modelled Flow Data

                                 Paul Evans / Allan Mason-Jones (Cardiff University)

                            Characterisation of the Coastal Hydrology of Oceans Using 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics

                                 Enayatollah Zangiabadi (Swansea University)

                            The Influence of Turbulence Model on Wake Structure of TSTs when used with a Coupled BEM-CFD Model

                                 Rami Malki (Swansea University)

    14:00 - 15:15  Session 2

                            Investigation of the influence of turbine to turbine interaction on their performance using OpenFOAM

                                 Gavin R. Tabor (University of Exeter)

                            Near-field flow downstream of a barrage: Experiments and 3-D modelling

                                 Penelope Jeffcoate (University of Manchester)

                            Sediment dynamics in the wake of a tidal current turbine

                                 Lada Vybulkova (University of Glasgow)

    15:45 - 17:00  Session 3

                            A cross-flow device with an oval blade path: predictions and measurements of blade forces

                                 Peter B. Johnson (University College London)

                            Are Nearly all Tidal Stream Turbines Designs Wrong?

                                 Stephen Salter (University of Edinburgh)

                            Experimental results from 1/20th scale model tests of the Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine

                                 Ross A. McAdam (University of Oxford)

Friday (30th)

    9:20 - 11:00   Session 4

                            CFD Simulation of a 3-Bladed Horizontal Axis Tidal Stream Turbine using RANS and LES

                                  J. McNaughton (University of Manchester)

                            Computational Modelling of Unsteady Rotor Effects

                                 Duncan M. McNae (Imperial College London)

                            Development of an Actuator Line Model for Tidal Turbine Simulations

                                 Justine Schluntz (University of Oxford)

                            Modification of Open Channel Flow By Opposing Waves

                                 A. Olczak (University of Manchester)

    11:30 - 13:10  Session 5

                            Prediction and Measurement of Time-Varying Thrust on Tidal Turbine due to Mean and Oscillatory flow

                                 E. Fernandez Rodriguez (University of Manchester)

                            Blade Element Momentum Theory for Tidal Turbine Simulation with Wave Effects: A Validation Study

                                 Hannah C. Buckland (Swansea University)

                            The Buhl High-Induction Correction for Blade Element Momentum Theory Applied to Tidal Stream Turbines

                                 Michael Togneri (Swansea University)

                            Betz revisited

                                 Guy T. Houlsby (University of Oxford)

    14:00 - 15:15  Session 6

                            Numerical Analysis of Open-Centre Ducted Tidal Turbines

                                 Clarissa S. K. Belloni (University of Oxford)

                            Evaluation of FVNS Solvers for Structures in Tidal Flow

                                 Robert Stringer (University of Bath)

                            On the Garrett & Cummins limit

                                 Thomas A.A. Adcock (University of Oxford)

    15:15 - 15:20  Closing


Further Information:

Please address any queries to the organisers Richard Willden, Takafumi Nishino or secretary Alison May.