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Energies 2018, 11(1), 169; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010169

State-Space Approximation of Convolution Term in Time Domain Analysis of a Raft-Type Wave Energy Converter

Department of Fluid Control and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Received: 22 November 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wave Energy Potential, Behavior and Extraction)
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Abstract

Two methods, frequency domain analysis and time domain analysis, are widely applied to modeling wave energy converters (WECs). Frequency domain analysis can evaluate the performance of WECs quickly and efficiently, while it refers to a linear model. When it comes to investigations on nonlinear characteristics of the power take-off (PTO) unit of WECs or control for improving the WECs’ performance, time domain analysis based on a state-space approximation for the convolution term is more desirable. In this paper, a state-space approximation of the convolution term in a time domain analysis of a raft-type WEC consisting of two rafts and a PTO unit is presented. The state-space model is identified through regression in the frequency domain. Verification of such a type of time domain analysis is conducted by comparison of its simulation results with those calculated by using a frequency domain analysis, and there is a good agreement. Finally, the effects of PTO parameters, wave frequency, surge and heave motions of the joint, and quadratic damping PTO on the power capture ability of the raft-type WEC are investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: raft-type wave energy converter (WEC); power take-off (PTO); frequency domain; time domain; power capture ability; capture width ratio raft-type wave energy converter (WEC); power take-off (PTO); frequency domain; time domain; power capture ability; capture width ratio
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Liu, C.; Yang, Q.; Bao, G. State-Space Approximation of Convolution Term in Time Domain Analysis of a Raft-Type Wave Energy Converter. Energies 2018, 11, 169.

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