Our modeling work is motivated by wave energy converter applications with complexity ranging from approximate to detailed CFD models. Approximate models are used by real-time WEC controllers, while CFD models help us explore new ways to enhance energy extraction. Large-motion, nonlinear response regimes are particularly interesting in uncovering new performance opportunities and providing students with research challenges.
We use various software, including WEC-Sim, WAMIT, OpenFoam, COMSOL Multiphysics, ProteusDS, ShipMO3D, and custom MATLAB/Simulink/Simscape applications for both batch and real-time implementations.
Since we use our models to extrapolate new behaviors, model validation is critical. This is done using our MTWave facility, open-source data, and collaborations with other researchers.
Neural Network Architecture for Mooring Lines.
Point Absorber Model
Free Decay Test Setup.
Cone-cone buoy hydrodynamic forces validation.
Hexagonal Arrangement of the Six WEC Array.