Derivation of Wave Loads for the Design of Oscillating Wave Surge Converters

Sylvain Bourdier, Khalid Abdulla, Alan Henry, Trevor Whittaker

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This paper deals with the problem of estimating wave pressure loads acting on Oscillating Wave Surge Converters (OWSC) for assessment of fatigue on their components. Recent wave loading data issued from experimental testing of a 25th scale model of a box-shaped OWSC are here used to review the accuracy of the predictions made by an engineering method previously developed to derive wave pressure loads on OWSCs from experimental data. Predictions are shown underestimate wave pressure loads, and other methods subsequently developed are presented. A simplistic experimental method taking in consideration variations of the wetted surface area of the flap is shown to lead to relatively good estimates of wave pressure loads that could be used for fatigue calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 02 Sep 201305 Sep 2013


Conference10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference


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