Research Results

Laboratory Scale Version – Williams Cross-Flow Turbine (WCT)

Research Results:

  • Identified fundamental performance characteristics for the WCT design versus other patented designs
  • Confirmed turbine performance characteristics utilizing‚Ķ
    – Simulated river levels
    – Generator loading conditions
    – Varying number of blades
    Blade attachment designs
  • Confirmed insignificant turbine performance sensitivity to indeterminate design factors
  • Confirmed turbine design hydraulic energy conversion efficiency at greater than 80%
  • Confirmed optimum full-scale turbine rotational speed at less than 50 RPM
  • Developed scalar factors predicting design parameters and performance of the full-scale model.
  • Confirmed predicted full-scale turbine output capability at anticipated range of river flow rates