University of Washington – Harris Hydraulics: Alice C. Tyler Flume
The Alice C. Tyler flume is a free-surface water channel with independent control of flow speed (up to 1.1 m/s), water depth, and water temperature (10 – 35 oC). This allows the Reynolds and Froude numbers to be independently varied during turbine experiments. Turbulence intensity is relatively low (1-3%). The flume side walls and bottom are glass, providing optical access for flow diagnostics, including Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Using existing instrumentation and data acquisition, cross-flow turbine rotors and axial-flow turbine blades can be easily tested.
- Cross-flow and axial flow turbine performance and load characterization
- Flow-field quantification
Length: 4.6m, Width: .76m, Height: .7m
Max depth: .6m
Point of Contact:
Brian Polagye – email@example.com
University of Washington is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.