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Computation of power from an array of wave energy converters using a boundary element method


De Chowdhury, S and De La Cruz, R and Huynh, TV and Winship, B and Manasseh, R, Computation of power from an array of wave energy converters using a boundary element method, Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (20AFMC), 5-8 December 2016, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The power from array of wave energy converters can be calculated theoretically from semi-analytic hydrodynamic added mass and damping coefficients of various devices (fixed or floating). However, the semi-analytic approach requires the body to be an axi- symmetric in shape. The newly released open source solver NEMOH is based on the Boundary Element Method (BEM); it solves problems of the interactions of bodies with water waves [1]. NEMOH can be used to calculate hydrodynamic coefficients as an alternative to the semi-analytic method. In contrast to the semi analytic technique, one can model a body with arbitrary shape in BEM. In this paper, we compare the performance of NEMOH with the solution obtained by solving the boundary value problem exactly.

Similarly to the formulation leading to a BEM, in the semi-analytic method we formulate the problem of water-wave interaction with bodies using linear inviscid wave theory. The unknown velocity potential is then expanded in terms of eigenfunctions in various zones incorporating different boundary conditions in the problem domain. The unknown coefficients from the eigenfunction expansion are then expressed in a matrix by matching the hydrodynamic pressure and velocity across various zones. At this stage, the systems of equations are truncated to a finite number of terms. The number of terms required is obtained by examining the convergence of the solution.

We apply NEMOH to an array of two heaving devices. In this case we compare the solution from NEMOH with the formulation of based on multiple scattering. This formulation of multiple scattering is comprised of the wave diffraction and radiation problems separately where formulations have been adopted from Mavrakos and Koumoutsakos [2] and Mavrakos [6] respectively. We also compare the elapsed CPU time with increasing resolution in NEMOH with increasing number of terms in eigenfunction expansion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:wave energy converter, WEC, boundary element method, WEC array
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:113157
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2016-12-14
Last Modified:2018-05-23

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