Optimum Design and Control of Anchored Wave Energy Generators

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A. Abuelnaga, A. Seireg

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisc. 53706

J. Energy Resour. Technol 104(1), 63-72 (Mar 01, 1982) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230382 History: Received December 05, 1980; Revised May 11, 1981; Online October 22, 2009


The study reported in this paper deals with the development of design data and strategies for optimizing the performance of wave energy generators. Rectangular buoys are considered for illustration. The buoy dimensions necessary for maximizing the conversion efficiency while minimizing its size for a particular ocean condition are evaluated. A control scheme based on changing the load damping coefficient provides an effective means for maximizing the conversion efficiency at different wave frequencies.

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