The primary objective of the short courses organised by the Marinet2 initiative is to increase technology developers’ knowledge of marine energies in order to boost their penetration and use in the European market. The CTC Technology Centre, an entity participating in this international project, has taken part in a four-day training course on the modelling of turbines aimed at generating energy through tidal currents.
The course has been delivered at CNR-INM, the Marine Technology Research Institute in Rome. A series of relevant issues within the field of naval architecture and marine engineering were addressed under the title “Model scale testing of tidal energy converters in towing tanks and depressurised channels”. Twenty hours of laboratory and master classes in which topics such as measurement equipment and data acquisition, the interaction of wave current, the effect of cavitation or the test environments of tow tanks and water channel, were delivered.
The part related to CFD models and their application in test tanks was especially interesting for the only technology centre in Cantabria, represented by researcher Verónica González de Lena. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a branch of fluid mechanics characterised by the use of numerical analysis methods and algorithms; a technique related to the work done by CTC in the field of Smart Offshore Structures.
The short courses of the Marinet2 programme cover a wide range of topics related to the development of marine renewable energies. They always start from the perspective of the experience of the members of this continental network of test infrastructures. The next course in the calendar is called “Test and verification processes from tanks to the sea” and will take place from 23 to 25 April at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Edinburgh.