My Research

I am currently researching how to test physical scale models of marine renewable energy devices[1]tidal turbines, wave energy convertors, floating wind turbines, and their supporting infrastructure, etc. in the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. This also involves understanding and measuring the characteristics of how the waves and current are produced in the test tank.

FloWave

My research will focus on two broad themes, which are required in order to answer the question of how best to test models in a combined wave-current environment at FloWave.

  1. Characterisation of the facility — particularly looking at the generation of currents and their spatial variability in the tank, as well as measurement of turbulence in the flow.[2]Another researcher, Sam Draycott, has been looking in more detail at how to recreate site-specific couple wave conditions in the facility for his ...continue
  2. Investigating wave-current interactions in the tank, looking at both the impact of the currents on waves, but also of waves on currents and turbulence in the tank, and what effect this has on testing.
  3. Methods of testing devices in the FloWave facility, including developing tools to facilitate testing, and summarising guidance that applies when testing at this facility.

I will update this page with more details as I work through the project.

Publications

  • Noble D, Davey T, Smith H, Kaklis P, Robinson A, and Bruce T (2015) Spatial Variation of Currents Generated in the FloWave Ocean Energy Research FacilityIn: Proc. 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France.
  • Noble D, Davey T, Steynor J, Bruce T, Smith H, Kaklis P (2015) Wave-current interactions at the FloWave Ocean Energy Research FacilityIn: Geophysical Research Abstracts, 17.

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1. tidal turbines, wave energy convertors, floating wind turbines, and their supporting infrastructure, etc.
2. Another researcher, Sam Draycott, has been looking in more detail at how to recreate site-specific couple wave conditions in the facility for his thesis.