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Wave energy converters (WECs) need to be deployed in large numbers in an array layout in order to have a significant power production. Each WEC has an impact on the incoming wave field, diffracting, reflecting and radiating waves. Simulating the wave transformations within and around a WEC farm is complex; it is difficult to simulate both near field and far field effects with a single numerical model, with relatively fast computing times. Within this research a numerical tool is developed to model near-field and far-field wave transformations caused by WECs. The tool is based on the coupling of a wave-structure interaction solver and a wave propagation model, both based on the potential flow theory. This paper discusses the coupling method and illustrates the functionality with a proof-of-concept. Additionally, a projection of the evolution of the numerical tool is given. It can be concluded that the coupling of the two solvers is an efficient and promising numerical tool to perform simulations on near – and far field wave elevations and kinematics nearby WEC farms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore (RENEW 2016)
EditorsC. Guedes Soares
Number of pages8
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)9781138626270
StatePublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore (RENEW 2016) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Oct 201626 Oct 2016
Conference number: 2
http://www.centec.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/renew2016/

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Conference2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore (RENEW 2016)
Number2
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period24/10/201626/10/2016
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