Mentum recently facilitated the final meso-scale test program of the Sea-Lix turbine in the open flow (tidal) application. The tests where undertaken in collaboration with the cavitation laboratory at MARINTEK. The cavitation tunnel offer considerable flexibility for tests of this nature allowing performance over a wide range of water velocities to be addressed over a short space of time.

The test results will be applied to verify the turbine CFD model work. Mentum is planning a continuation of the turbine test programme looking at performance in a pressurised application (pipe).