Modelling approaches of a closed-circuit OWC wave energy converter
The Tupperwave device is a wave energy converter based on the Oscillating Water Column (OWC) concept. Unlike conventional OWC devices, which are opened to the atmosphere, the Tupperwave device works in closed-circuit and uses non-return valves and accumulator chambers to create a smooth unidirectional flow across a unidirectional turbine. The EU-funded OceanEraNet project called Tupperwave was undertaken by a consortium of academic and industrial partners, aimed at designing and modelling the Tupperwave device. The device was numerically modelled using two different methods. It was also physically modelled at the laboratory scale. The various modelling methods are discussed and compared. An analysis of the dependence of the device efficiency on the valves and turbine aerodynamic damping is carried out, using both physical and numerical approaches.
Wave energy conversion , Oscillating water column , Closed-circuit , Non-return valves , Numerical modelling , Physical modelling
Benreguig, P., Vicente, M., Dunne, A. and Murphy, J., 2019. Modelling Approaches of a Closed-Circuit OWC Wave Energy Converter. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7(2), 23 (18pp) DOI: 10.3390/jmse7020023