Simulations of floating wave energy devices using adaptive mesh refinement
Paper in proceeding, 2019

CFD simulations of floating wave energy converters are computationally very heavy. This paper deals with a straightforward attempt to cut down on the computational effort by using adaptive mesh refinement (AMR). We investigate the use of AMR for simulations involving floating bodies inside the open-source finite volume framework OpenFOAM. A simple error indicator based on the pressure jump over cell faces is used to drive the AMR. First the use of the error indicator is illustrated for propagation of a very steep stream function wave. Then the AMR technique is applied to two cases of floating bodies: (i) a floating box and (ii) a bottom reacting point-absorber. As expected the AMR significantly reduce the number of cells in the computational meshes and subsequently lower the computational effort.


Adaptive mesh refinement

Wave energy


Claes Eskilsson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Aalborg University

Johannes Palm

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Advances in Renewable Energies Offshore - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, RENEW 2018

Vol. 2019 431-438
978-1-138-58535-5 (ISBN)

3rd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, RENEW 2018
Lissabon, Portugal,

Including Nonlinear and Viscous Effects when Modelling the Performance of Wave Energy Converters

Swedish Energy Agency (40428-1), 2015-08-01 -- 2017-02-28.

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Sustainable development

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Computational Mathematics

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

Marine Engineering

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C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)

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