Numerical simulation of an array of heaving floating point absorber wave energy converters using openfoam
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In this paper we use the CFD toolbox OpenFOAM to perform numerical simulations of multiple floating point absorber Wave Energy Converters (WECs) in a numerical wave basin. The two-phase Navier-Stokes fluid solver is coupled with a motion solver to simulate the wave-induced rigid body heave motion. The key of this paper is to extend numerical simulations of a single WEC unit to multiple WECs and to tackle the issues of modelling individual floating objects close to each other in an array lay-out. The developed numerical model is validated with laboratory experiments for free decay tests and for a regular wave train using two or five WECs in the array. For all the simulations presented, a good agreement is found between the numerical and experimental results for the WECs’ heave motions, the surge forces on the WECs and the perturbed wave field. As a result, our coupled CFD–motion solver proofs to be a suitable and accurate toolbox for the study of wave-structure interaction problems of multiple floating bodies in an array configuration.
CitationDevolder, B.; Rauwoens, P.; Troch, P. Numerical simulation of an array of heaving floating point absorber wave energy converters using openfoam. A: MARINE VII. "MARINE VII : proceedings of the VII International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering". CIMNE, 2017, p. 777-788. ISBN 978-84-946909-8-3.
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