RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

The Development and Testing of a Wave-Activated Navigation Buoy With a Wells Turbine

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T. J. T. Whittaker, F. A. McPeake, A. G. Barr

Department of Civil Engineering, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(2), 268-273 (Jun 01, 1985) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231188 History: Received August 05, 1983; Revised September 07, 1984; Online October 22, 2009


This paper presents and discusses the results of the first stage of an ongoing research program to improve the design of wave powered navigation aids using the oscillating water column principle. Wave tank testing has shown that the heave motion of current tail tube buoys is the predominant feature of the hydrodynamic response. A Wells self rectifying air turbine, coupled to a 100-W generator which produces an optimum level of damping to the water column for peak performance, has been designed and tested. It has been concluded from preliminary sea trails that a simple, efficient, reliable, turbine-generator has been developed to meet the requirements of the current design of navigation buoy. However there is considerable scope for improving the hydrodynamic design of wave activated buoys.

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