Experimental and Numerical Modelling of a Moored, Generic Floating Wave Energy Converter
Paper in proceeding, 2013

Experiments of a moored floating cylinder in regular waves have been conducted. The buoy had a mass of 35.3 kg and was moored by a 5.9 m long catenary chain. The motions of the buoy were recorded with an infra-red video system and the tension at the fairlead was measured by a load cell. The experiments are used to validate a fast and simple numerical method for the coupled time-domain analysis of floating wave energy converters in operational conditions. The numerical model uses hp-finite elements with a local discontinuous Galerkin formulation for the solution of the dynamics of the mooring cables and linear potential theory for the solution of the dynamics of the floating bodies. The results of the numerical model show an overall good agreement with experimental data. The dynamic behaviour of the tension at the fairlead is captured well, as well as the motions in in heave and pitch. In surge there are discrepancies.

physical model

numerical model

wave energy converter

coupled analysis

floating WEC

mooring cable dynamics

linear potential theory


Guilherme Moura Paredes

Claes Eskilsson

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Marine Design

Johannes Palm

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology

Lars Bergdahl

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology

Luis M. Leite

Francisco Taveira-Pinto

10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

2309-1983 (ISSN)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Marine Engineering

More information