Subhub Design Validation

After hearing the great news that Scottish Enterprise will be supporting the next stage of the project, QED Naval  is making good progress in producing the Subhub tank testing, validation model!

This 1/67th scale model of the commercial 1MW version of the Subhub will simulate 3 turbines in operation on the seabed. The aim of this first model is to validate the CFD calculations and design process used in the development of the Subhub and explore the levels of extreme load from the combination of waves and tidal currents. This model is rated at 2.5m/s full scale equivalent, using a perforated disk to simulate the drag loads from a generic 20m turbine.

Subhub hull frames used to form the partial duct shape.

Subhub hull frames used to form the partial duct shape.

Subhub gets a new skin.

Subhub gets a new skin.

QED Naval supported by the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) will be using the world class Flowave test tank facility, officially opened for business last week (5th June) at Edinburgh University.

Flowave omni-directional test tank facility at Edinburgh University.

Flowave omni-directional test tank facility at Edinburgh University.