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Hydrodynamic performance of a floating offshore OWC wave energy converter: an experimental study


Singh, U and Abdussamie, N and Hore, J, Hydrodynamic performance of a floating offshore OWC wave energy converter: an experimental study, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 117 Article 109501. ISSN 1364-0321 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.rser.2019.109501


To investigate the dynamic response of a floating moored oscillating water column device under realistic sea states, a focused wave technique was developed in this study to generate user-defined wave trains in a wave basin equipped with a piston-type wavemaker. The experimental setup allowed for simultaneous measurements of the designed focused wave trains, internal chamber wave elevations and air pressure, dynamic tendon response and the model's global motion responses. Based on the experimental results it was found that to accurately replicate the theoretical wave time series, a minimal focal reconstruction of 200 components was required which resulted in a focused wave regeneration accuracy greater than 93% with strong repeatability. The tested model showed typical motion responses to that of generalised tension leg platform systems with significant surge offsets along with stiff heave and pitch motions. Applying vertical tendons to the system allowed for the floating offshore device to be exposed to deeper waters, and hence the larger energy source associated with deep water ocean waves.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Wave energy converters, oscillating water column, tension leg platform, focused waves
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Singh, U (Mr Uppi Singh)
UTAS Author:Abdussamie, N (Dr Nagi Abdussamie)
UTAS Author:Hore, J (Mr Jack Hore)
ID Code:135507
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2019-10-28
Last Modified:2019-11-21

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