Experimental investigation on the effect of channel width on flexible rubber blade water wheel performance

Shakun Paudel, Nick Linton, Ulrich C.E. Zanke, Nicole Saenger

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A laboratory scale flexible rubber blade water wheel has been investigated at the hydraulic laboratory of University of Southampton. The effect of channel width on water wheel performance has been studied. Different upstream and downstream channel widths are set for the tests. In this paper, the experimental set up, tested water wheel and the measurement procedure are described and the experimental results are shown. Results show significant improvement in power output and efficiency in reduced channel width. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Efficiency
  • Flexible blades
  • Power output
  • Water wheel

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