Floating wave energy converters: wave measurement & analysis techniques

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dc.contributor.advisor Lewis, Anthony en
dc.contributor.author Barrett, Seán Noel
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-13T12:33:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-13T12:33:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Barrett, S .N, 2015. Floating wave energy converters: wave measurement & analysis techniques. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 231 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3372
dc.description.abstract The wave energy industry is entering a new phase of pre-commercial and commercial deployments of full-scale devices, so better understanding of seaway variability is critical to the successful operation of devices. The response of Wave Energy Converters to incident waves govern their operational performance and for many devices, this is highly dependent on spectral shape due to their resonant properties. Various methods of wave measurement are presented, along with analysis techniques and empirical models. Resource assessments, device performance predictions and monitoring of operational devices will often be based on summary statistics and assume a standard spectral shape such as Pierson-Moskowitz or JONSWAP. Furthermore, these are typically derived from the closest available wave data, frequently separated from the site on scales in the order of 1km. Therefore, variability of seaways from standard spectral shapes and spatial inconsistency between the measurement point and the device site will cause inaccuracies in the performance assessment. This thesis categorises time and frequency domain analysis techniques that can be used to identify changes in a sea state from record to record. Device specific issues such as dimensional scaling of sea states and power output are discussed along with potential differences that arise in estimated and actual output power of a WEC due to spectral shape variation. This is investigated using measured data from various phases of device development. en
dc.description.sponsorship Higher Education Authority (National Development Plan 2007-2013); Marine Institute (Blue Power Initiative) en
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dc.language English en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Seán Noel Barrett. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Ocean energy en
dc.subject Wave energy converter en
dc.subject Wave measurement en
dc.subject Time domain analysis en
dc.subject Frequency domain analysis en
dc.title Floating wave energy converters: wave measurement & analysis techniques en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PHD (Engineering) en
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dc.contributor.funder Marine Institute en
dc.contributor.funder Higher Education Authority en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Civil Engineering en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor czi@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2015 en


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