Modeling Flows for Assessing Tidal Energy Generation Potential

dc.contributor.authorSpurlock, Derek Scotten
dc.contributor.committeechairDiplas, Panayiotisen
dc.contributor.committeememberCox, William E.en
dc.contributor.committeememberGutierrez, Marte S.en
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen
dc.description.abstractTidal energy is a clean, sustainable, reliable, predictable source of energy. Recent developments in underwater turbines have made harvesting tidal energy feasible. Determining the power potential available in a given water body can be accomplished by using numerical hydraulic models to predict the flow velocity at a location of interest. The East River in Manhattan has been used here in an effort to develop a modeling methodology for assessing the power potential of a site. Two two-dimensional CFD models, FESWMS and TUFLOW, as well as one one-dimensional model, HEC-RAS, are used to analyze flows in the East River. Comparisons are made between the models and TUFLOW proves to best represent flows in the East River. HEC-RAS provides accurate results; however, the one-dimensional results lack the necessary detail of a two-dimensional model. FESWMS cannot produce results that mimic actual flow conditions in the East River. Using the TUFLOW model, power and energy estimates are made. These estimates show that a two-dimensional model, such as TUFLOW, can be a great tool for engineers and planners developing tidal energy projects. Using the results of this work, a methodology is developed to assess power potential at other sites using publicly available data.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjecttidal energyen
dc.subjecteast riveren
dc.subjecthydraulic modelen
dc.titleModeling Flows for Assessing Tidal Energy Generation Potentialen
dc.typeThesisen Engineeringen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Scienceen
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