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    Evaluation of energy maximising control systems for wave energy converters using OpenFOAM

    Davidson, Josh and Windt, Christian and Giorgi, Giuseppe and Genest, Romain and Ringwood, John (2017) Evaluation of energy maximising control systems for wave energy converters using OpenFOAM. In: OpenFOAM - Selected papers from the 11th workshop. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 783319608464

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    Wave energy conversion is an active field of research, aiming to harness the vast amounts of energy present in ocean waves. An essential development trajectory towards an economically competitive wave energy converter (WEC) requires early device experimentation and refinement using numerical tools. OpenFOAM is proving to be a useful numerical tool for WEC development, being increasingly employed in recent years to simulate and analyse the performance of WECs. This chapter reviews the latest works employing OpenFOAM in the field of wave energy conversion, and then presents the new application, of evaluating energy maximising control systems (EMCSs) for WECs, in an OpenFOAM numerical wave tank (NWT). The advantages of using OpenFOAM for this application are discussed, and implementation details for simulating a controlled WEC in an OpenFOAM NWT are outlined. An illustrative example is given, and results are presented, highlighting the value of evaluating EMCSs for WECs in an OpenFOAM NWT.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This chapter is based upon work supported by Science Foundation Ireland under Grant No. 13/IA/1886.
    Keywords: OpenFOAM; Evaluation; energy maximising control systems; wave energy converters;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 9433
    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 13:41
    Publisher: Springer International Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
    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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