Abstract

A new multi-year effort has been launched by the Department of Energy to validate the extent to which control strategies can increase the power produced by resonant wave energy conversion (WEC) devices. This paper describes the design of a WEC device to be employed by this program in the development and assessment of WEC control strategies. The operational principle of the device was selected to provide a test-bed for control strategies, in which a specific control strategies effectiveness and the parameters on which its effectiveness depends can be empirically determined. Numerical design studies were employed to determine the device geometry, so as to maximize testing opportunities in the Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Centers David Taylor Model Basin. Details on the physical model including specific components and model fabrication methodologies are presented. Finally the quantities to be measured and the mechanisms of measurement are listed.

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