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TECHNICAL BRIEF

On the Use of Wind-Wave Spectral Formulas to Estimate Wave Energy

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M. E. McCormick

Department of Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

J. Energy Resour. Technol 120(4), 314-317 (Dec 01, 1998) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2795053 History: Received February 28, 1997; Revised March 06, 1998; Online November 06, 2007

Abstract

It is common practice by wave energy conversion technologists to estimate long-term wave energy potentials at both offshore and coastal sites by using established wind-wave spectral formulas. It is shown that the use of these formulas can lead to both incorrect wave energy resource estimates and improperly designed conversion systems. The formulas are shown to poorly predict modal and peak spectral periods for long-term seas.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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