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Characterization study of the Florida Current at 26.11 North Latitude, 79.50 West Longitude for ocean current power generation

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2002
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Aquantis, LLC, Santa Barbara, California intends to construct and deploy an ocean current turbine (C-Plane) to extract electrical power from the kinetic energy of the Florida Current. This study characterizes the physical oceanographic environment of the Florida Current flow, at a proposed deployment site located at 26.11 North Latitude, 79.50 West Longitude, which will influence the physical and mechanical design of the C-Plane. Local characteristic features of the Florida Current were determined from data collected during a 19 month in situ study using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) moored at 330 meters, a ship-mounted, inertial-correcting ADCP, and data culled from adjacent studies. Principles of physical oceanography and direct observations are applied to characterize the velocity structure of the current and its variability. This thesis presents the motivation behind the study, methods of data collection, statistical and numerical analyses, and available energy analyses.
Title: Characterization study of the Florida Current at 26.11 North Latitude, 79.50 West Longitude for ocean current power generation.
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Name(s): Raye, Robert Eric.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Driscoll, Frederick R., Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 149 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Aquantis, LLC, Santa Barbara, California intends to construct and deploy an ocean current turbine (C-Plane) to extract electrical power from the kinetic energy of the Florida Current. This study characterizes the physical oceanographic environment of the Florida Current flow, at a proposed deployment site located at 26.11 North Latitude, 79.50 West Longitude, which will influence the physical and mechanical design of the C-Plane. Local characteristic features of the Florida Current were determined from data collected during a 19 month in situ study using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) moored at 330 meters, a ship-mounted, inertial-correcting ADCP, and data culled from adjacent studies. Principles of physical oceanography and direct observations are applied to characterize the velocity structure of the current and its variability. This thesis presents the motivation behind the study, methods of data collection, statistical and numerical analyses, and available energy analyses.
Identifier: 9780496179107 (isbn), 12973 (digitool), FADT12973 (IID), fau:9841 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2002.
Subject(s): Ocean energy resources
Ocean currents
Oceanography--Gulf Stream
Gulf Stream
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