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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Sep 2009|
|Event||EWTEC: 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - Uppsala, Sweden|
Duration: 7 Sep 2009 → 10 Sep 2009
|Period||7/09/09 → 10/09/09|