As the use of renewable energy is promoted, much researches on propeller-type turbines are carried out. To improve reliability, it is important to evaluate the fluid exciting force due to blade row interaction that may cause vibration or fatigue fracture. In this paper, CFD(URANS) simulations and experimental studies were conducted to understand the characteristics of the fluid exciting force due to blade row interaction of a propeller turbine. To evaluate the fluid exciting force, strain gauges and pressure sensors were used in the closed-loop water channel. The fluid exciting force acting on the rotor due to the stator was measured by changing stator load type and the rotor-stator distance. Based on the difference in the attenuation tendency of potential interaction and wake interaction due to changes in the rotor-stator distance, the influences of these interactions could be distinguished. As results of experiments and computation, wake interaction affecting pressure fluctuation was hardly attenuated due to the swirling flow and changing the rotor-stator distance has little effect on the attenuation of blade row interaction.
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