Performance of the Biplane Wells Turbine

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L. M. C. Gato

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1096 Lisboa Codex, Portugal

R. Curran

Engineering Design Centre, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 118(3), 210-215 (Aug 01, 1996) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2828836 History: Received August 22, 1995; Revised February 13, 1996; Online December 17, 2007


The paper describes the experimental investigation of the biplane Wells turbine for use on a wave power plant. The performance of the biplane turbine was tested in unidirectional steady air flow by varying the model configurations using solidity, gap-to-chord ratio, and rotor stagger angle. It was found that the gap-to-chord ratio and stagger considerably influenced the performance of the biplane turbine due to the mutual interference between the rotor planes.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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