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Energies 2015, 8(8), 8857-8872;

Wave Tank Testing and Model Validation of an Autonomous Wave Energy Converter

Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Academic Editor: Jens Kofoed
Received: 9 April 2015 / Revised: 8 July 2015 / Accepted: 5 August 2015 / Published: 20 August 2015
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A key component in bringing ocean wave energy converters from concept to commercialization is the building and testing of scaled prototypes to provide model validation. A one quarter scale prototype of an autonomous two body heaving point absorber was modeled, built, and tested for this work. Wave tank testing results are compared with two hydrodynamic and system models—implemented in both ANSYS AQWA and MATLAB/Simulink—and show model validation over certain regions of operation. This work will serve as a guide for future developers of wave energy converter devices, providing insight in taking their design from concept to prototype stage. View Full-Text
Keywords: wave energy converter; physical modeling; numerical modeling wave energy converter; physical modeling; numerical modeling

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Bosma, B.; Lewis, T.; Brekken, T.; Von Jouanne, A. Wave Tank Testing and Model Validation of an Autonomous Wave Energy Converter. Energies 2015, 8, 8857-8872.

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