TY - JOUR

T1 - A synthesis of numerical methods for modeling wave energy converter-point absorbers

AU - Li, Ye

AU - Yu, Yi Hsiang

N1 - Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program for funding this work under the funding agreement of 20067 .

PY - 2012/8

Y1 - 2012/8

N2 - During the past few decades, wave energy has received significant attention for harnessing ocean energy. Industry has proposed many technologies and, based on their working principle, these technologies generally can be categorized into oscillating water columns, point absorbers, overtopping systems, and bottom-hinged systems. In particular, many researchers have focused on modeling the point absorber, which is thought to be the most cost-efficient technology to extract wave energy. To model such devices, several modeling methods have been used such as analytical methods, boundary integral equation methods and Navier-Stokes equation methods. The first two are generally combined with the use of empirical solution to represent the viscous damping effect, while the last one is directly included in the solution. To assist the development of wave energy conversion (WEC) technologies, this paper extensively reviews the methods for modeling point absorbers.

AB - During the past few decades, wave energy has received significant attention for harnessing ocean energy. Industry has proposed many technologies and, based on their working principle, these technologies generally can be categorized into oscillating water columns, point absorbers, overtopping systems, and bottom-hinged systems. In particular, many researchers have focused on modeling the point absorber, which is thought to be the most cost-efficient technology to extract wave energy. To model such devices, several modeling methods have been used such as analytical methods, boundary integral equation methods and Navier-Stokes equation methods. The first two are generally combined with the use of empirical solution to represent the viscous damping effect, while the last one is directly included in the solution. To assist the development of wave energy conversion (WEC) technologies, this paper extensively reviews the methods for modeling point absorbers.

KW - Computational fluid dynamics

KW - Numerical modeling

KW - Point absorber

KW - Wave energy converter

KW - Wave theory

KW - Wave-body interaction

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U2 - 10.1016/j.rser.2011.11.008

DO - 10.1016/j.rser.2011.11.008

M3 - Review article

AN - SCOPUS:84861802080

VL - 16

SP - 4352

EP - 4364

JO - Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

JF - Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

SN - 1364-0321

IS - 6

ER -