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Experimental and numerical modelling of the Bombora wave energy converter


Algie, C and Fleming, A and Ryan, S, Experimental and numerical modelling of the Bombora wave energy converter, Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 24-28 October 2016, Singapore, pp. 719-725. ISBN 978-981-11-0782-5 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Fast and accurate numerical modelling of wave energy converters (WECs) is critical to cost effective development of these technologies. With the assistance of Applied Renewables Research Ltd, Bombora Wave Power has developed a linear numerical performance modelling suite for their flexible membrane WEC (mWave). For the purpose of the numerical model validation, tank testing of a 1:15 scale physical model of this device was conducted at the Australian Maritime College. The numerical model predictions were compared against measured data for 115 monochromatic wave tank-tests. The expected linearity of test waves was estimated by the Ursell parameter. For non-linear waves, phase-averaged time series data was found to agree very well with model pressure and flow predictions. The numerical model also provides a good indication of performance for highly non-linear waves across a broad range of water depths, wave frequencies and heights.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Bombora, wave flume, wave energy, experimental, wave energy converter, numerical modelling, tank-testing, membrane, validation
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wave energy
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Alan Fleming)
ID Code:113117
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP110200129)
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2016-12-13
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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