Journal of Marine Science and Application

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 73–80 | Cite as

Performance analysis of a vertical axis tidal turbine with flexible blades

  • Mohamed Taher Bouzaher
  • Belhi Guerira
  • Mohamed Hadid


In this study, a vertical axis tidal turbine with flexible blades is investigated. The focus is on analyzing the effect of flexible airfoils types and blade flexibility on turbine net output power. To this end, five different flexible airfoils (Symmetric and Non-symmetric) are employed. The results show that the use of a thick flexible symmetric airfoil can effectively increase output power compared to that achievable with a conventional rigid blade. Moreover, the use of highly flexible blades, as opposed to less flexible or rigid blades, is not recommended.


flexible blades vertical axis tidal turbine energy harnessing efficiency flow control rigid blade performance analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Taher Bouzaher
    • 1
    • 2
  • Belhi Guerira
    • 1
  • Mohamed Hadid
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Génie MécaniqueUniversité de BiskraBiskraAlgeria
  2. 2.Unit of Applied Research in Renewable EnergyGarat Ettaam, GhardaïaAlgeria

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