Each chapter starts by defining the fundamental principles underlying the numerical modelling technique and finishes with a discussion of the technique's limitations and a summary of the main points in the chapter. The contents of the chapters are not limited to a description of the mathematics, but also include details and discussion of the current available tools, examples available in the literature, and verification, validation, and computational requirements. In this way, the key points of each modelling technique can be identified without having to get deeply involved in the mathematical representation that is at the core of each chapter.
The book is separated into four parts. The first two parts deal with modelling single wave energy converters; the third part considers the modelling of arrays; and the final part looks at the application of the different modelling techniques to the four most common uses of numerical models. It is ideal for graduate engineers and scientists interested in numerical modelling of wave energy converters, and decision-makers who must review different modelling techniques and assess their suitability and output.
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WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER MODELLING TECHNIQUES BASED ON LINEAR HYDRODYNAMIC THEORY 2. Frequency-Domain Models 3. Time-Domain Models 4. Spectral-Domain Models
OTHER WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER MODELLING TECHNIQUES 5. Nonlinear Potential Flow Models 6. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Models 7. Identifying Models Using Recorded Data
WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER ARRAY MODELLING TECHNIQUES 8. Conventional Multiple Degree-of-Freedom Array Models 9. Semi-analytical Array Models 10. Phase-Resolving Wave Propagation Array Models 11. Phase-Averaging Wave Propagation Array Models
APPLICATIONS FOR WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER MODELS 12. Control Optimisation and Parametric Design 13. Determining Mean Annual Energy Production 14. Determining Structural and Hydrodynamic Loads 15. Environmental Impact Assessment
Matt Folley is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Marine Renewables Research Group at Queen's University Belfast and member of the SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, dedicated to the establishment of marine technology as a means of sustainable power generation. He has been modelling wave energy converters for over 25 years and has first-hand experience of developing and using a wide range of numerical models of wave energy converters and wave energy converter arrays. He was a co-founder and inaugural convenor of the wave energy converter array network (WECAN), which is an international expert group focused on the modelling of wave energy converter arrays. He is also chair of the IEC international committee for the development of standards for the assessment and characterisation of the wave energy resource and UK principle expert on the IEC international committee for the development of standards for the assessment of the performance of wave energy converters. He has worked with a number of companies on modelling their wave energy converters, including WaveGen and Aquamarine Power.