Abstract

This research models the energy extracted by gyroscopic wave energy converters. The goal is to assess the use of such devices to provide supplementary power to fish farms and lighting on oilrigs. This project implements the Moving Frame Method (MFM) in dynamics to model the power generated from a gyroscopic wave energy converter. The MFM leverages Lie Group Theory, Cartan’s moving frames and a new notation from the discipline of geometrical physics. This research extends previous work by incorporating two inertial disks to counter the inducement of yaw, and it improves the numerical integration scheme. Furthermore, this work makes use of a coherent data structure founded in the Special Euclidean Group, and it defines the initial disk spin as a prescribed variable. It accounts for the prescribed variables by modifying the equations of motion. Finally, it conducts an analysis of the generator moments. After obtaining the suite of descriptive equations of motion, this project integrates them using the Runge-Kutta method. Finally, a simplified 3D simulation is made using the Web Graphics Library to improve the readers’ intuitive understanding of the device.

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