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The pressure impulse of wave slamming on an oscillating wave energy converter

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posted on 2018-07-20, 08:33 authored by Emiliano RenziEmiliano Renzi, Yanji Wei, F. Dias
Recent wave tank experiments on a flap-type wave energy converter showed the occurrence of extreme wave loads, corresponding to slamming events in highly energetic seas. In this paper, we analyse pressure-impulse values from available pressure measurements, for a series of experimental slamming tests. Then, we devise a pressure-impulse model of the slamming of a flapping plate, including the effects caused by air entrapment near the plate. Using a double conformal-mapping technique, we map the original domain into a semi-infinite channel, by means of Gauss’ hypergeometric functions. This allows us to express the pressure impulse as a superimposition of orthogonal eigenfunctions in the transformed space. The mathematical model is validated against the experimental data. Parametric analysis shows that the system is much more sensitive to the impact angle than to the initial wetted portion of the flap. Furthermore, the presence of an aerated region determines the pressure-impulse values to increase significantly at all points on the flap surface.


This study was partially supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the research project ”High-end Computational Modelling for Wave Energy Systems” (Grant SFI/10/IN.1/12996) in collaboration with Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), the SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research (SFI/12/RC/2302).



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RENZI, E., WEI, Y. and DIAS, F., 2018. The pressure impulse of wave slamming on an oscillating wave energy converter. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 82, pp.258-271.


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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Fluids and Structures and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2018.07.007.




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