A comparison between entropy generation analysis and first law eciency in a monoplane Wells turbine


Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran.


Wells turbine is a promising self-rectifying device in the eld of ocean wave energy conversion. This study presents an Entropy Generation Analysis (EGA) of isothermal flow through a monoplane Wells turbine. The numerical computation has performed by solving the steady, incompressible, and three-dimensional Reynolds- Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations with RNG k ???? " turbulence model in a noninertial reference frame rotating with the turbine rotor. Then, local entropy generation rates, related to viscous dissipation around rotor blades, were calculated from the velocity elds. The results indicate that separation and boundary-layer interaction have a direct e ect on the entropy generation. The blade entropy generation decreases from hub to tip and from leading edge to trailing edge in suction surface. Also, the result of comparison shows that the point of minimum entropy generation coincides with the point of maximum rst law eciency of thermodynamics. The results prove that viscous entropy generation distribution provides designers with useful information about the causes of flow irreversibilities. Future monoplane Wells turbine designs should concentrate essentially on optimizing the blade geometry.