Date of Thesis

2011

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

M. Laura Beninati

Keywords

marine renewable energy, testing platform, marine hydrokinetic devices, hydraulic flume facility, sediment bed profiling, nozzle sediment insert

Abstract

Modifications and upgrades to the hydraulic flume facility in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Laboratory (EFM&H) at Bucknell University are described. These changes enable small-scale testing of model marine hydrokinetic(MHK) devices. The design of the experimental platform provides a controlled environment for testing of model MHK devices to determine their effect on localsubstrate. Specifically, the effects being studied are scour and erosion around a cylindrical support structure and deposition of sediment downstream from the device.

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