Wave power extraction by an oscillating wave surge converter in random seas

Dripta Sarkar*, Emiliano Renzi, Frederic Dias

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Abstract

This paper investigates the behaviour of a bottom hinged flaptype wave energy converter (WEC), namely the Oscillating Wave Surge Converter (OWSC), in random seas. The semianalytical model of Renzi and Dias (2013b) for an OWSC in the open ocean is considered to analyze the performance of the device in random incident waves. The modelling is performed within the framework of a linear potential flow theory, by means of Green's integral theorem. The resultant hypersingular integral equation for the velocity potential obtained from the above formulation is solved using a series expansion in terms of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind. The behaviour of the device is investigated for six different sea states, generally representative of the wave climate in the North Atlantic Ocean at the European Marine Energy Centre test site. A Bretschneider spectrum is considered in order to reproduce the sea climate. The analysis is made for sea states where the spectral energy contribution from large periods, which cause excitation of body resonance of the flap - not modelled by the linear theory - is almost negligible. The power take-off damping is optimised for each individual sea state to calculate the captured power. The investigation is undertaken for two flaps of different widths, resembling the Oyster1 and the new Oyster800 version of the Oyster WEC, respectively. Comparison is made between the performances of the two converters. The effect of varying the width and the characteristic parameters of the flap on the capture factor in random seas is then discussed. The results of the analysis show that the performance of the device is fairly consistent for the sea states considered. Also an enhancement in the overall average capture factor is shown for the latest version of the wave energy conversion device.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume8
ISBN (Print)9780791855423
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013 - Nantes, France
Duration: 9 Jun 201314 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNantes
Period9/06/1314/06/13

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