Title: Addition of a wind generator to the COAST Laboratory for the experimental testing of floating wind turbines
PhD student: Jessica Guichard
Scaled floating wind turbines could be tested in both the coastal basin and the ocean basin of the COAST Laboratory with the addition of a wind generator. The wind generator of the École Centrale de Nantes gave inspiration to the open-jet blower type wind generator to be implemented in the COAST Laboratory.
As a first step, a small wind generator was designed, set-up and tested. It uses two backward bladed centrifugal fans of 1.8 kW each. The airflow produced by the fans is guided through flexible ducts and a reducing Y piece into a single flexible duct, as can be seen on the photo. At the outlet, one honeycomb and one screen control turbulence levels.