The opportunities and limitations of using CFD in the development of wave energy converters

Pal Schmitt, Trevor Whittaker, Darragh Clabby, Kenneth Doherty

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2012
EventMarine & Offshore Renewable Energy - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Sep 201227 Sep 2012


ConferenceMarine & Offshore Renewable Energy
CountryUnited Kingdom


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