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Optimal scaling of a generic point absorber WEC in a range of production sites


Clement, AH and Winship, B and Fabregas-Flavia, F and Meunier, P-E, Optimal scaling of a generic point absorber WEC in a range of production sites, Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Wave & Tidal Energy Conference, 24-28 October 2016, Singapore, pp. 197-201. ISBN 978-981-11-0782-5 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The primary aim of the study was to investigate the optimal scaling of a simple generic wave absorber for a range of operation sites characterized by their level of incoming wave power, annually averaged. The first step is to to answer the simple question: "What is the optimal size of my device in a sea state characterized by a wave height and peak spectrum period?". It is shown how to find the optimum scale starting from the power response operator of the reference device at unity scale. From this primary result, the method is extended to answer the same question but now considering an installation site with its own set of sea states given as a scatter diagram. In each case the answer could seem rather counterintuitive referring to the common practise in this matter.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:wave energy converter, WEC, point absorber, hydrodynamic optimal scaling
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wave energy
UTAS Author:Winship, B (Mr Brian Winship)
ID Code:113156
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2016-12-14
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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