To promote and support the wave energy industry, a wave energy converter (WEC) design tool, WEC-Sim, is being developed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In this paper, the WEC-Sim code is used to model a point absorber WEC designed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s reference model project. Preliminary verification was performed by comparing results of the WEC-Sim simulation through a code-to-code comparison, utilizing the commercial codes ANSYS-AQWA, WaveDyn, and OrcaFlex. A preliminary validation of the code was also performed by comparing WEC-Sim simulation results to experimental wave tank tests.
Preliminary Verification and Validation of WEC-Sim, an Open-Source Wave Energy Converter Design Tool
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Ruehl, K, Michelen, C, Kanner, S, Lawson, M, & Yu, Y. "Preliminary Verification and Validation of WEC-Sim, an Open-Source Wave Energy Converter Design Tool." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 9B: Ocean Renewable Energy. San Francisco, California, USA. June 8–13, 2014. V09BT09A040. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2014-24312
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