Most Wave Energy Converters (WECs) being developed are fundamentally different from known marine structures. Limited experience is a fundamental challenge for the design, especially issues concerning load assumptions and power estimates. Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) CFD methods are being used successfully in many areas of marine engineering. They have been shown to accurately simulate many hydrodynamic effects and are a helpful tool for investigating complex flows. The major drawback is the significant computational power required and the associated overhead with pre and post-processing. This paper presents the challenges and advantages in the application of RANS CFD methods in the design process of a wave energy converter and compares the time, labour and ultimately financial requirements for obtaining practical results.
|Publication status||Published - 26 Sep 2012|
|Event||Marine & Offshore Renewable Energy - London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 26 Sep 2012 → 27 Sep 2012
|Conference||Marine & Offshore Renewable Energy|
|Period||26/09/2012 → 27/09/2012|
Schmitt, P., Whittaker, T., Clabby, D., & Doherty, K. (2012). The opportunities and limitations of using CFD in the development of wave energy converters. 89-97. Paper presented at Marine & Offshore Renewable Energy, London, United Kingdom.