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Hydrodynamic Interaction of Ocean Wave Energy Point Absorbers

Version 1 : Received: 19 November 2016 / Approved: 19 November 2016 / Online: 19 November 2016 (05:20:36 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 13 June 2017 / Approved: 14 June 2017 / Online: 14 June 2017 (05:47:27 CEST)

How to cite: Banos Hernandez, L.; Emperador Alzola, J.M. Hydrodynamic Interaction of Ocean Wave Energy Point Absorbers. Preprints 2016, 2016110102. Banos Hernandez, L.; Emperador Alzola, J.M. Hydrodynamic Interaction of Ocean Wave Energy Point Absorbers. Preprints 2016, 2016110102.


This work condenses various modeling techniques for different Point Absorber configurations. A combined frequency - time domain model will be developed in Matlab-FORTRAN in order to compute the displacement, velocities and the power absorbed in the heave mode. Additionally, a single buoy motion including multiple degrees of freedom will be investigated as well. Therefore, the diffraction-radiation Boundary Element Method solvers NEMOH and BEMIO will be applied in the calculation of the hydrodynamic coefficients, which will determine the solution of Newtons impulse equations of motion. Initially, the Wave to wire model will be validated through comparison with previous experimental results for a submerged cone cylinder shape (Buldra-FO3). A single, generic, vertical floating cylinder will be contemplated then, that responds to the action of the passing waves excitation. Later, two vertical floating cylinders aligned with the incident wave direction will be modeled for a variable distance between the bodies. For both unidirectional regular and irregular waves as an input in deep water, the convolutive radiation force function term will be hereby approximated through the Prony method. By changing the spatial disposition of the axisymmetric buoys, using for instance triangular or diamond shaped arrays of three and four bodies respectively, the study will focus on the interaction effects for regular waves. The results will highlight the most efficient layout for maximizing the energy production whilst providing important insights into their performance, revealing for instance displacement amplification or capture width ratios in near-resonance conditions.


ocean wave energy; fluid-structure interaction; BEM; diffraction/ radiation; floating cylinder; heave; array


Engineering, Marine Engineering

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