Numerical Simulation of a Dual-Chamber Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter
AbstractThe performance of a dual-chamber Oscillating Water Column (OWC) Wave Energy Converter (WEC) is considered in the present study. The device has two sub-chambers with a shared orifice. A two-dimensional (2D) fully nonlinear numerical wave flume based on the potential-flow theory and the time-domain higher-order boundary element method (HOBEM) is applied for the simulation. The incident waves are generated by using the immerged sources and the air-fluid coupling influence is considered with a simplified pneumatic model. In the present study, the variation of the surface elevation and the water column volume in the two sub-chambers are investigated. The effects of the chamber geometry (i.e., the draft and breadth of two chambers) on the surface elevation and the air pressure in the chamber are investigated, respectively. It is demonstrated that the surface elevations in the two sub-chambers are strongly dependent on the wave conditions. The larger the wavelength, the more synchronous motion of the two water columns in the two sub-chambers, thus, the lager the variation of the water column volume. View Full-Text
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Ning, D.; Wang, R.; Zhang, C. Numerical Simulation of a Dual-Chamber Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1599.
Ning D, Wang R, Zhang C. Numerical Simulation of a Dual-Chamber Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter. Sustainability. 2017; 9(9):1599.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ning, Dezhi; Wang, Rongquan; Zhang, Chongwei. 2017. "Numerical Simulation of a Dual-Chamber Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter." Sustainability 9, no. 9: 1599.
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