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ITTC Recommended Guidelines: Wave Energy Converter Model Test Experiments (7.5-02-07-03.7)


Day, S and Penesis, I and Babarit, A and Fontaine, A and He, Y and Kraskowski, M and Murai, M and Salvatore, F and Shin, HK, Specialist Committee on Testing of Marine Renewable Devices, ITTC Recommended Guidelines: Wave Energy Converter Model Test Experiments (7.5-02-07-03.7), Proceedings of the 27th International Towing Tank Conference (Recommended Procedures and Guidelines register), 31 August - 5 September 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 1-13. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to research organizations on performing model tests of wave energy converters (WECs) according to the state of the art. Model tests of WECs have some differences from tests of other offshore structures. The main challenges of WEC testing and the differences between tests of WECs and offshore structures may include:
  • Rapid evolution of design of WECs: great diversity of concepts, some presenting novel challenges for model testing;
  • Requirement for simulation and measurement of complex kinematics for articulated WECs;
  • Requirement to simulate complex kinematics, material properties and fluid-structure interaction for flexible devices;
  • Requirement to simulate devices with very large dimensions either parallel to or normal to direction of wave propagation;
  • Requirement to include a simulated power take-off (PTO) mechanism in WEC tests. One of the important objectives in WEC tests is to evaluate device power capture; Realistic simulation of PTO may require relatively large scale models, leading in turn to a need for large-scale waves;
  • Requirement for testing throughout the various experimental stages: the concept validation stage, the design validation stage, the system validation stage, and the prototype and demonstration stage. The model scale depends on the test stage;
  • Possible requirement for tests of multiple device models corresponding to an array of WECs, requiring a very large tank for reliable results.
In general, model tests on WECs are employed to validate the device concept, to quantify the technical performance variables, to acquire information on power take-off (PTO) and data for optimized performance design, to confirm survivability characteristics, to investigate installation and tow-out methodology and to validate numerical models.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:wave energy, recommended guidelines, ITTC
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wave energy
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
ID Code:116428
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-05-10
Last Modified:2017-06-21
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