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Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1255; doi:10.3390/su8121255

The Use of CFD in the Analysis of Wave Loadings Acting on Seawave Slot-Cone Generators

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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Napoli FedericoII, via Claudio, 21, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
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Department of Civil, Design and Environment Engineering, Università della Campania, Luigi Vanvitelli, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy
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Academic Editor: Gregorio Iglesias Rodriguez
Received: 26 September 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 24 November 2016 / Published: 2 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wave Energy Converters)

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The reliability of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in reproducing qualitative and quantitative features of loadings exerted by waves on Seawave Slot-cone Generators (SSG) has been investigated via 17 numerical experiments, conducted with the suite Flow 3D. The geometry of the Wave Energy Converter (WEC), as well as the characteristics of the foreshore in front of it, were identical to those used by the authors in a laboratory study, carried out on a small scale model of a pilot plant to be located along the West Norwegian coasts; the similitude of the layouts allowed an in depth comparison between the results. A good agreement has been generally found between physical and numerical experiments, apart from some aspects of the wave–structure interaction that, however, can be considered secondary for engineering purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: SSG 1; CFD modeling; physical modeling; wave forces; wave pressures SSG 1; CFD modeling; physical modeling; wave forces; wave pressures
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Buccino, M.; Dentale, F.; Salerno, D.; Contestabile, P.; Calabrese, M. The Use of CFD in the Analysis of Wave Loadings Acting on Seawave Slot-Cone Generators. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1255.

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