Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Parametric Evaluation of the Performance Characteristics of Tight Moored Wave Energy Converters

[+] Author Affiliations
Spyridon A. Mavrakos, Georgios M. Katsaounis

National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Paper No. OMAE2005-67338, pp. 751-757; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The paper aims at presenting a numerical model to predict performance characteristics of tight moored vertical axisymmetric wave energy converters that are allowed to move in heave, pitch and sway modes of motion. The hydrodynamic characteristics (exciting wave forces, hydrodynamic parameters) of the floats are evaluated using a linearized diffraction–radiation method of analysis that is suited for the type of bodies under consideration. According to this method matched axisymmetric eigenfunction expansions of the velocity potentials in properly defined fluid regions around the body are introduced to solve the respective diffraction and radiation problems and to calculate the floats’ hydrodynamic characteristics in the frequency domain. Based on these characteristics, the retardation forcing terms are calculated, which account for the memory effects of the motion. In this procedure, the coupling terms between the different modes of motion are properly formulated and taken into account. The floating WEC is connected to an underwater piston that feeds a hydraulic system with pressurized fluid. Numerical results showing parametrically the performance characteristics in terms of the expected power production for several types of floats that are exposed to the wave climate conditions commonly encountered in the Mediterranean area are presented and discussed.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In