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Wave Power Generation Using Nonlinear Roll-Pitch Coupling in a Ship

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M. H. Ansari, M. Amin Karami

University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, NY

Karthik Yerrapragada

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Paper No. SMASIS2016-9203, pp. V002T07A009; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 2: Modeling, Simulation and Control; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting
  • Stowe, Vermont, USA, September 28–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5049-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


When there is a two to one internal resonance ratio between the natural frequencies of the pitch motion and the roll motion of a ship, a nonlinear energy transfer occurs between the modes. If the ship is excited near the pitch natural frequency and at a large enough excitation amplitude, the pitch mode transfers energy to the roll mode. We use this interesting phenomenon to develop a wave power device for off-shore purposes. In this paper, we experimentally show that we can use a horizontal pendulum and use the quadratic nonlinear coupling between the pitch and the roll mode to get full rotation of the pendulum inside the ship. A rotating pendulum will generate orders of magnitude more power than a locally oscillating one when connected to a DC generator. This article measures the angle of the pendulum at the pitch frequency excitation of the ship to experimentally confirm the expected theoretical results on this phenomenon.

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