Investigating Tools used to Analyse the Impact of a Wave Farm on the surrounding Wave Field

Rachael Moore, Bjoern Elsaesser, Louise O'Boyle

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    For wave energy to become commercially viable, it is predicted that wave energy converters (WECs) will need to be installed in large wave farms. This will required an extensive environmental impact study. Assessments of impacts of these sites requires prior numerical modelling however the available tools have not been fully validated.
    This project investigates the area surrounding an array of five scaled WEC models using experimental techniques. It then assesses the suitability of numerical tools to be validated with this experimental data. Validated numerical tools could then be used to predict parameters relating to the models such as reflection and transmission coefficients.
    The physical aspect of this project was conducted in the Portaferry wave basin owned by Queen’s University Belfast. The device studied was a bottom hinged oscillating wave surge converter (OWSC) which penetrates the surface (similar to the Oyster device). The models were tested at 40th scale.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventInternational Conference on Ocean Energy, 2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Feb 201625 Feb 2016


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Ocean Energy, 2016
    Abbreviated titleICOE 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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