Extreme Loads on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter

Paul Lamont-Kane, Alan Henry, Jonathan Nicholson, Alan McKinley, Pal Schmitt, Matt Folley, Bjoern Elsaesser

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    A major difficulty in the design of full scale Wave Energy Converters is the need to design for two conflicting design criteria. In one instance devices must be designed to couple heavily to the incident wave force resulting in the efficient extraction of energy in small sea states, however devices must also be capable of withstanding the harsh conditions encountered during extreme seas. This paper presents an initial investigation of the extreme wave loading of a generic, surface-piercing, pitching flap-type device deployed in near shore wave conditions. Slamming of the flap is selected as the extreme load event for further investigation and the experimental methodologies employed are described. Preliminary results showing both local and global loading under such events are presented for the case of a flap tested in a 3-dimensional environment. Results are presented which show flap slamming effects on the pressures experienced on the front face of the flap.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 09 Sept 2015
    Event11th European Wave and Tidal Energy - Cité des Congrès, Nantes, Nantes, France
    Duration: 06 Sept 201511 Sept 2015


    Conference11th European Wave and Tidal Energy


    • Wave Energy
    • Oscillating Wave Surge Converter
    • OWSC
    • Extreme Loads
    • Wave Impacts
    • Slamming
    • Physical Testing


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