|dc.description.abstract||In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in
tidal power as a renewable, and environmentally friendly source of
electricity. Scotland is well placed in this regard, as the currents in
the surrounding seas are primarily tidal; that is to say, driven by
lunar and solar tides.
Investigations into tidal streams as an energy source, their viability
in particular locales, the efficient organisation of marine
turbine farms, and most importantly, the effect of such farms on
the environment, demand the use of computational fluid dynamics
for effective modelling. They also require a turbine model sophisticated
enough to generate realistic power output and wakes for a
variety of flow conditions, yet simple enough to simulate a number
of turbines on modest computing resources.
What is presented here then, is the justification for such a
model, the development and deployment of it during my PhD, and
my validation of the model in a variety of environments.||en_US