The Characteristics of Wave Impacts on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter

Alan Henry, Ashkan Rafiee, Pal Schmitt, Frederic Dias, Trevor Whittaker

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Wave impacts on an oscillating wave surge converter are examined using experimental and numerical methods. The mechanics of the impact event are identified experimentally with the use of images recorded with a high-speed camera. It is shown that it is the device that impacts the wave rather than a breaking wave impacting the device. Numerical simulations using two different approaches are used to further understand the issue. Good agreement is shown between numerical simulations and experimental measurements at 25th scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
JournalJournal of Ocean and Wind Energy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Wave Energy Converter
  • Oyster
  • OWSC
  • Wave Impact
  • Slam
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics


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