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Sediment transport in the wake of a marine hydrokinetic turbine

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Abstract: 

Freestream flows such as rivers, tidal passages, and ocean currents contain a significant amount of energy, but we currently lack understanding of how to recover this energy in an environmentally safe way. The objective of this work is to better understand the interaction between the wake of a tidal turbine and the sediment of the sea floor. We are particularly interested in the mobilization and redistribution of sediment and its effect on the local environment (e.g., seafloor topology and ecosystem) and turbine efficiency.

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