Wave Power Absorption By Oscillating Bodies

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Matthew Peshek

Adviser(s): Professor Luksa Luznik

Poster #62

Wave energy is a promising renewable energy resource, but currently lags other renewable energy technology due to the dynamic and nonlinear nature of the ocean. One type of wave energy converter, a fully submerged Bristol cylinder, was restricted to oscillate in heave motion only in order to measure the amount of incident wave absorption in one degree of freedom and to test the cylinder in more realistic conditions outside of the linear wave approximation. The goal of this research was to create a proof of concept model to find the frequencies it absorbed the most energy and its natural frequency.

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