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Experimental Uncertainty Analysis of an OWC Wave Energy Converter


Orphin, J and Nader, J-R and Penesis, I and Howe, DP, Experimental Uncertainty Analysis of an OWC Wave Energy Converter, Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 27 August - 1 September 2017, Cork, Ireland, pp. 1096.1-1096.10. ISSN 2309-1983 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper presents a practical example of an uncertainty analysis applied to the results of an oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converter (WEC) model test experiment in regular waves. The 1:20 scale OWC device equipped with a porous mesh power take-off (PTO) system was integrated into a fully reflective breakwater and installed in the Australian Maritime College Model Test Basin. Using phaseaveraging as a data analysis technique, device performance in terms of capture width was determined across the frequency range tested, using probe data of the incident wave elevations, and the resulting wave elevations and pressure inside the OWC chamber. This paper is devoted to evaluating the uncertainty of this data. Type A uncertainty (statistical means via repeat observations) was determined through a series of repeat observations, whereas Type B uncertainty (non-statistical means) was determined using sensor calibration data and through regression analysis. Total uncertainty results include < 2% for all wave probe data, < 11 % for pressure, 22% for damping, producing a total uncertainty of 30% for the mean power of the device. This large uncertainty in power is because the calculation is a function of damping and pressure that both eventuated to relatively large uncertainty. This study highlights the importance of presenting experimental results with a description of the uncertainties involved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:uncertainty analysis, oscillating water column, wave energy converter, breakwater
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wave energy
UTAS Author:Orphin, J (Mr Jarrah Orphin)
UTAS Author:Nader, J-R (Dr Jean-Roch Nader)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Howe, DP (Dr Damon Howe)
ID Code:119595
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-02
Last Modified:2021-12-02

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