Measurements of Extreme Forces on a Wave Energy Converter of Point Absorber Type and Estimation of Added Mass of Cylindrical Buoy
2014 (English)In: 33Rd International Conference On Ocean, Offshore And Arctic Engineering, 2014, Vol 9B: Ocean Renewable Energy, ASME Press, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
A wave energy converter (WEC) of point absorber type is tested at the west coast of Sweden. The buoy is a vertical cylinder. The linear generator on the seabed has limited stroke length. Large waves cause the generator to reach its maximum stroke length. As this happen, a spring in the generator is compressed, causing the buoy to instantly come to rest. During this process the force between the buoy and the generator is measured. Also the acceleration of the buoy is measured. This process and the extreme forces on the generator hull is described and the study shows that the magnitude of this force is greatly influenced by the added mass of the buoy and thus the buoy geometry. The ratio between the extreme forces on the hull and the forces during normal operation will affect the dimensioning and economy of the WEC. Force acting between generator and buoy were measured during various events as the WEC was operating. Added mass was estimated from the measurements
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ASME Press, 2014.
added mass, buoy, wave, energy, converter, point, absorber, cylindrical, heave
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220343DOI: 000363499100037ISBN: 978-0-7918-4554-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220343DiVA: diva2:704666
33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering