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Non Breaking Wave Forces at the Front Face of Seawave Slotcone Generators
Department of Hydraulic, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Clauio 21, Naples, Italy
Department of Civil Engineering, Second University of Naples, Via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (Caserta), Italy
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Received: 17 September 2012; in revised form: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 16 November 2012 / Published: 19 November 2012
Abstract: The Seawave Slotcone Generator (WAVEnergy SAS, 2003) is a wave energy converter based on the overtopping principle. Although it has been effectively researched during the last decade, no design tool has been supplied to estimate the hydrodynamic loads the waves exert on its front face. In this article a set of well reliable 3D experiments has been re-analyzed, in order to get indications on possible calculation methods. It is shown that the Japanese design tools for monolithic sea dikes may be reasonably adapted to the present case. Finally a new approach is presented, which is based on the so called momentum flux principle; the resulting predictive equation fits the experimental data remarkably well.
Keywords: wave energy converters; Seawave Slotcone Generator (SSG); wave forces; physical model tests
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Buccino, M.; Banfi, D.; Vicinanza, D.; Calabrese, M.; Giudice, G.D.; Carravetta, A. Non Breaking Wave Forces at the Front Face of Seawave Slotcone Generators. Energies 2012, 5, 4779-4803.
Buccino M, Banfi D, Vicinanza D, Calabrese M, Giudice GD, Carravetta A. Non Breaking Wave Forces at the Front Face of Seawave Slotcone Generators. Energies. 2012; 5(11):4779-4803.
Buccino, Mariano; Banfi, Davide; Vicinanza, Diego; Calabrese, Mario; Giudice, Giuseppe D.; Carravetta, Armando. 2012. "Non Breaking Wave Forces at the Front Face of Seawave Slotcone Generators." Energies 5, no. 11: 4779-4803.