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    Articulating Parametric Nonlinearities in Computationally Efficient Hydrodynamic Models

    Giorgi, Giuseppe and Ringwood, John (2018) Articulating Parametric Nonlinearities in Computationally Efficient Hydrodynamic Models. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51 (29). pp. 56-61. ISSN 2405-8963

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    Wave energy devices are designed, and controlled, in order to be extremely responsive to incoming wave excitation, hence maximising power absorption. Due to the consequent large motion excursions, highly nonlinear behaviour is likely to occur, especially in relation to variations in wetted surface. Moreover, nonlinearities may induce parametric instability, or activate internal mechanisms for exchanging energy between different degrees of freedom (DoFs), usually affecting the overall efficiency of the device. Consequently, single-DoF linear models may produce overly optimistic power production predictions, and neglect important dynamics of the system. One highly nonlinear phenomenon, particularly detrimental to power absorption for several wave energy converters, is parametric roll, which internally diverts part of the energy flow, from the axis where the power take-off is installed, to a secondary axis, generating parasitic motion. This paper proposes a computationally efficient multi-DoFs nonlinear model, which can effectively describe nonlinear behaviour, such as parametric pitch and roll, and their impact on motion prediction, power production assessment, and optimal control parameters.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Nonlinear hydrodynamics; parametric resonance; parametric roll; wave energy converter; control; many-degrees-of-freedom systems;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 13115
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    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 22:11
    Journal or Publication Title: IFAC-PapersOnLine
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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