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    Some fundamental results for cyclorotor wave energy converters for optimum power capture

    Ermakov, Andrei and Marie, Alice and Ringwood, John (2022) Some fundamental results for cyclorotor wave energy converters for optimum power capture. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 13 (3). pp. 1869-1872. ISSN 1949-3029

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    Cyclorotor-based wave energy converters (WECs) present a relatively new and innovative paradigm for wave energy harvesting. Their operational principle is based on the generation of lift forces on the rotating hydrofoils due to their interaction with wave-induced circulation of water particles. As a result, relatively little is known about their optimal operation. To date, cyclorotor device performance has been measured by the power of waves ra- diated by the WEC, while a constant rotational velocity, consistent with the wave frequency, is employed. In this note we show (a) that variation of the cyclorotor velocity within the incoming monochro- matic wave period significantly increases the generated mechanical power, while (b) optimising wave cancellation is at odds with the maximisation of shaft power. To optimise shaft power, the letter adopts a multi-harmonic solution for variable cyclorotor rotation rate, inspired by methods developed in other WEC domains.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Cyclorotor; optimal control; performance metrics; velocity profile; wave energy converter;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 16599
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    Depositing User: Dr Andrei Ermakov
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 09:26
    Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
    Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Refereed: No
    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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