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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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 Flow-3D for simulating such problems.
Original languageEnglish
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


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