Numerical modelling of an undulating membrane tidal energy converter

  • Martin Träsch Eel Energy SAS
  • Anaïs Chambon IFREMER
  • Astrid Déporte Eel Energy SAS
  • Jean-Baptiste Drevet Eel Energy SAS
  • Grégory Germain IFREMER
  • Didier Lemosse Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen
  • Grégory Pinon Normandie Université
Keywords: Fluid Structure Interaction, Tidal Energy Converter, Undulating Membrane, Vortex method, Corotationnal finite elements


The undulating membrane tidal energy converter is a device that uses the flutter instabilities occurring from the interaction between a slender body and a fluid flow. A new numerical model has been developed using a 2D corotational finite element method to represent the structure and the unsteady point-vortex method to compute the flow. These methods as well as the interaction process are presented. Trajectory and frequency of the undulating motion, hydrodynamic forces on the structure and velocity field in the wake are presented. Comparison shows a good agreement with experimental results obtained from a 1/20th scale prototype without power take off tested in flume tank.

How to Cite
Träsch, M., Chambon, A., Déporte, A., Drevet, J.-B., Germain, G., Lemosse, D., & Pinon, G. (2020). Numerical modelling of an undulating membrane tidal energy converter. International Marine Energy Journal, 3(3), 119-126.
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