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Design, Optimization and Numerical Modelling of A Novel Floating Pendulum Wave Energy Converter with Tide Adaptation

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  • Jing Yang
  • Dahai Zhang
  • Ying Chen
  • Hui Liang
  • Ming Tan
  • Wei Li
  • Xiandong Ma
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>China Ocean Engineering
Issue number5
Volume31
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)578–588
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date15/10/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

A novel floating pendulum wave energy converter (WEC) with the ability of tide adaptation is designed and presented in this paper. Aiming to a high efficiency, the buoy’s hydrodynamic shape is optimized by enumeration and comparison. Furthermore, in order to keep the buoy’s well-designed leading edge always facing the incoming wave straightly, a novel transmission mechanism is then adopted, which is called the tidal adaptation mechanism in this paper. Time domain numerical models of a floating pendulum WEC with or without tide adaptation mechanism are built to compare their performance on various water levels. When comparing these two WECs in terms of their average output based on the linear passive control strategy, the output power of WEC with the tide adaptation mechanism is much steadier with the change of the water level and always larger than that without the tide adaptation mechanism.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13344-017-0066-6