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    Validation of a control-oriented point vortex model for a cyclorotor-based wave energy device

    Ermakov, Andrei and Thiebaut, Florent and Payne, Grégory S. and Ringwood, John (2023) Validation of a control-oriented point vortex model for a cyclorotor-based wave energy device. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 119 (103875). ISSN 0889-9746

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    Recently conducted analytical assessment of the potential performance of cyclorotor wave energy converters (WECs) have shown that such devices offer the best wave absorption behaviour, if energy capture can be optimised through suitable control. Such claims require additional investigation. This article is dedicated to validation of the control-oriented point vortex model of cyclorotor WECs against numerical and experimental assessments conducted by various research groups. The validation is conducted in terms of the traditional metrics for cyclorotor WECs: (a) cancellation of incoming waves; (b) generation of lift and drag forces (c) mechanical power generation. It is shown that the point vortex model generally confirms the previously conducted analytical assessment of device performance. However, accounting for the influence of the hydrofoil induced wakes decreases performance estimates to some extent. It is also shown that, overall, wave cancellation metrics are more optimistic than actual shaft power generation. Analysis of the lift and drag coefficients, which were derived from experimental data, reveal a range of hydrodynamic and mechanic effects which could influence actual device performance. It has been shown that, due to the complexity of hydrodynamic effects, lift and drag coefficients for the control-oriented model should be considered not only as functions of the Reynolds number and angle of attack, but also related to submergence of the foils and direction of their rotation with respect to the free surface. This method allows us to achieve the best validation against experimental results in terms of generation of tangential and radial forces.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Cyclorotor; Model validation; Wave energy converters; LiftWEC; Hydrofoils; Experimental results;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 17078
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    Depositing User: Dr Andrei Ermakov
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2023 16:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fluids and Structures
    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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