RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering/Offshore Mechanics

Available Ocean Wave Power and Prediction of Power Extracted by a Contouring Raft Conversion System

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E. L. Burdette

Triton Systems, Inc., Bay St. Louis, Miss. 39520

C. K. Gordon

Sea Energy Corporation, New Orleans, La.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 105(4), 492-498 (Dec 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230961 History: Received April 20, 1982; Revised May 31, 1983; Online October 22, 2009


Techniques are described which have been employed to develop detailed, quantitive estimates of the available ocean wave energy flux. A summary of results for a region of particular interest to potential U.S. developers of wave energy systems — the U.S. Northwest Pacific Coast — is also presented. Comparisons with results of other studies are made. In addition, a method for predicting the amount of mechanical energy captured by a conversion device, based on a frequency domain technique, is presented. Results are predicted for an articulated, contour following raft deployed in deep, open water west of the mouth of the Columbia River.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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