Contribution to the CCP-WSI Blind Test Series 3: Analysis of scaling effects of moored point-absorber wave energy converters in a CFD-based numerical wave tank

Christian Windt, John V. Ringwood, Josh Davidson, Pal Schmitt

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Abstract

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based numerical wave tanks (NWTs) can provide valuable insight into the hydrodynamic performance of wave energy converters (WECs). Being able to capture hydrodynamic non-linearities, CFD-based NWTs (CNWTs) allow the analysis of WECs over a wide range of test conditions, such as sea states, power take-off control settings and model scale. The capabilities of a CNWT are exploited in this paper, which aims at the analysis of the scaling effects of two moored, point-absorber type WECs, exposed to focused waves. To this end, three different scales are considered: 1:1, 1:10 and 1:10PWT. The latter, 1:10PWT scale, refers to the typical scale used in physical wave tanke (PWTs), complying with Froude similitude, but violating Reynolds similitude. In the 1:10 scale model, fluid viscosity is scaled, inline with the geometrical properties, thereby achieving both Froude and Reynolds similitude. From the results, average differences between the three considered scales of around 5% have been observed, and the overall biggest sensitivity to scale effects can be found in the surge and pitch degree of freedom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication The Proceedings of the 29th (2019) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Number of pages8
Edition29
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Wave Energy, CCP-WSI Blind Test, Impulse wave maker, CFD, numerical wave tank, OpenFOAM, Scaling

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Windt, C., Ringwood, J. V., Davidson, J., & Schmitt, P. (2019). Contribution to the CCP-WSI Blind Test Series 3: Analysis of scaling effects of moored point-absorber wave energy converters in a CFD-based numerical wave tank. In The Proceedings of the 29th (2019) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (29 ed.)