Finite Element Analysis to Assess Fish Mortality from Interactions with Tidal Turbine Blades

The research project used finite element analysis (FEA) to simulate the impact of a tidal turbine blade on fish, and assess whether mortality of marine life can be expected in such an event. The project objectives were to assess whether finite element methods can be used to simulate turbine blade impacts with fish and other marine life, provide an indication of whether turbine blade impacts are likely to result in fish mortality and assess whether strain gauges can be used as a way to monitor possible fish-turbine collisions.


Principal Investigator: Nick Fyffe, Blumara Consulting

February 1 – December 1, 2017