Numerical and experimental study of a surging point absorber wave energy converter

Majid Bhinder, Clive Mingham, Derek Causon, Mohammad Rahmati, George Aggidis, Robert Chaplin

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Abstract

Numerical modeling of a WEC is presented in this paper along with some details of the experimental setup. Issues related to the numerical modeling of the single DOF (degree-of-freedom) motion of a surging point absorber WEC (wave energy converter) are outlined and a comparison with experimental data is presented. A commercial CFD code Flow-3D has been used for the numerical modelling and the ability of the code to simulate free surface linear waves and wave structure interaction is evaluated in this paper.
The work is aimed at simulating a surging wave energy converter to achieve an optimized shape and to predict output power at a higher or full scale. The findings of this study may also serve as a reference point for the use of a commercial code such as Flow3D for simulating such problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2009)
Subtitle of host publicationUppsala, Sweden, 7–10 September 2009
Place of PublicationUppsala, Sweden
PublisherEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventEWTEC: 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 7 Sep 200910 Sep 2009
http://www.homepages.ed.ac.uk/shs/Wave%20Energy/EWTEC%202009/EWTEC%202009%20(D)/default.htm

Publication series

NameEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series
PublisherEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2309-1983

Conference

ConferenceEWTEC
Country/TerritorySweden
CityUppsala
Period7/09/0910/09/09
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