Hydrodynamic and Electromechanical Simulation of a WEC with a Novel Non-Linear PTO

Richard Crozier, Helen Bailey, Markus Mueller, E. Spooner, P. McKeever, Alasdair McDonald

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Abstract

A coupled electromechanical and hydrodynamic time domain simulation of a direct-drive generator connected to a heaving buoy for wave energy conversion is presented. The system is based around a novel power take-off unit referred to as Snapper. The simulation is based primarily in MATLAB using its built-in Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) solvers. These solvers act on the data derived from electromagnetic finite element analysis and from the WAMIT wave interaction simulation software. Test results of a generator prototype for comparison with the electromechanical simulation are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2011)
PublisherEWTEC
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2011

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