The force of a tsunami on a wave energy converter

Laura O'Brien*, Emiliano Renzi, Paul Christodoulides, Denys Dutykh, Frédéric Dias

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With an increasing emphasis on renewable energy resources, wave power technology is fast becoming a realistic solution. However, the recent tsunami in Japan was a harsh reminder of the ferocity of the ocean. It is known that tsunamis are nearly undetectable in the open ocean but as the wave approaches the shore its energy is compressed creating large destructive waves. The question posed here is whether a nearshore wave energy converter (WEC) could withstand the force of an incoming tsunami. The analytical 3D model of Renzi and Dias (2012) developed within the framework of a linear theory and applied to an array of fixed plates is used. The time derivative of the velocity potential allows the hydrodynamic force to be calculated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd (2012) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
PublisherInternational Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781880653944
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2012 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 17 Jun 201222 Jun 2012


Conference22nd International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2012

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