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Title: Experimental investigation on the power capture of an oscillating wave surge converter in unidirectional waves
Authors: Brito, M.
Ferreira, R. L.
Teixeira, L
Neves, M. G.
R. Canelas
Keywords: Wave energy;Oscillating wave surge converter: OWSC;Capture width ratio: CWR;Response amplitude operator: RAO;Power take-off: PTO damping
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The aim of this paper is the experimental characterization of the capture width ratio (CWR) and response amplitude operator (RAO) of a 1:10 physical model of an oscillating wave surge converter (OWSC), under unidirectional regular and irregular waves. The effects of hydraulic power take-off (PTO) system are explicitly taken in consideration. A mathematical model is proposed to describe the PTO damping as a function of the angular velocity of the flap. The harmonic decomposition of free-surface elevation, angular velocity of the flap and pressure in the PTO system demonstrates that these signals are dominated by their linear component. However, the signals also present some important higher-order frequency components. To predict the CWR of the OWSC under irregular waves the nonlinear output frequency response functions are considered as the extension of the RAO to the nonlinear case. It is shown and discussed that the PTO system, wave frequency and height have a significant influence on the CWR and RAO. The RAO curve for irregular waves does not exhibit a well-defined peak, showing a limited variation in a broadband. A weak correlation between CWR and RAO was found, i.e., the maximum CWR does not occur for the maximum value of RAO.
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