This paper presents the early work that has been achieved in the perspective of developing a tidal farm simulation tool. First a horizontal-axis tidal turbine (HATT) simulation model coupled with a Finite Volume solver is introduced. This model is based on the classical actuator disk theory (Rankine and Froude, 19th century). Then the fluid model adopted in our approach is presented and discussed. This model relies on a Finite Volume solver applied to a fully-cartesian grid, and is based on weakly-compressible explicit Navier-Stokes equations. The first results obtained on the wake are presented and discussed in order to quantify the accuracy and the validity of this approach.

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