The performance of the Mocean M100 wave energy converter described through numerical and physical modelling

  • J. Cameron McNatt
  • Christopher H. Retzler
Keywords: wave energy converter, numerical modelling, tank testing, resonance

Abstract

Mocean Energy has designed a 100-kW hinged-raft wave energy converter (WEC), the M100, which has a novel geometry that reduces the cost of energy by improving the ratios of power per size and power per torque. The performance of the M100 is shown through the outputs of frequency-domain and time-domain numerical models, which are compared with those from 1/20th scale wave-tank testing. Results show that for the undamped, frequency-domain model, there are resonant peaks in the response at 6.6 and 9.6 s, corresponding to wavelengths that are 1.9 and 3.7 times longer than the machine. With the inclusion of power-take-off and viscous damping, the power response as a function of frequency shows a broad bandwidth and a hinge flex amplitude of 12-20 degrees per meter of wave amplitude. Comparison between the time-domain model and physical data in a variety of sea states, up to a significant wave height of 4.5 m, show agreements within 10% for average power absorption, which is notable because only simple, nonlinear, numerical models were used. The M100 geometry results in a broad-banded, large amplitude response due to its asymmetric shape, which induces coupling between modes of motion.

Published
2020-05-13
How to Cite
McNatt, J., & Retzler, C. (2020). The performance of the Mocean M100 wave energy converter described through numerical and physical modelling. International Marine Energy Journal, 3(1), 11-19. https://doi.org/10.36688/imej.3.11-19