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OWC WEC integrated within a breakwater versus isolated: Experimental and numerical theoretical study


Howe, DP and Nader, JP, OWC WEC integrated within a breakwater versus isolated: Experimental and numerical theoretical study, International Journal of Marine Energy, 20 pp. 165-182. ISSN 2214-1669 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijome.2017.07.008


Oscillating Water Column (OWC) devices are one of the most promising technologies to be implemented into already existing or in-development ocean structures, such as breakwaters. All moving components to retrieve power from the waves are well above the waterline and the still structure can be easily incorporated within solid edifices. In this paper, we investigate the hydrodynamic response of two types of Bent Duct OWC devices with different inlet geometries, both in isolation and when implemented in a flat-faced breakwater. A rectangular and circular cross-sectional shaped OWC device are used for comparison. Numerical method using a FEM based frequency domain model and experimental investigation using the Australian Maritime College wave basin are applied and the results evaluated across a range of frequencies, 0.5 Hz1.2 Hz. Both the capture width and volume flux resulting from the numerical method match accurately with those resulting from the experiment. Discrepancies only arise around the natural resonance frequency where the assumptions of small amplitudes become erroneous. The implementation of the device within the breakwater was found to significantly enhance the capture width of each device, while the variation in inlet geometry provided low deviations in the results.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Oscillating Water Column, Wave Energy Converter, breakwater, hydrodynamic experimentation, performance
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wave energy
UTAS Author:Howe, DP (Dr Damon Howe)
UTAS Author:Nader, JP (Dr Jean-Roch Nader)
ID Code:120240
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-17
Last Modified:2018-04-19

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