Design Load Analysis for Wave Energy Converters: Preprint

Jennifer van Rij, Yi-Hsiang Yu, Ryan Coe

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This study demonstrates a systematic methodology for establishing the design loads of a wave energy converter (WEC). The proposed design load methodology incorporates existing design guidelines, where they exist, and follows a typical design progression; namely, advancing from many, quick, order-of-magnitude accurate, conceptual stage design computations to a few, computationally intensive, high-fidelity, design validation simulations. The goal of the study is to streamline and document this process based on quantitative evaluations of the design loads' accuracy at each design step and consideration for the computational efficiency of the entire design process. For the WEC, loads, and site conditions considered, this study demonstrates an efficient and accurate methodology of evaluating the design loads.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2018
Event37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018


Conference37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering
CityMadrid, Spain

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5000-72833 for paper as published in ASME proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-71213


  • design loads
  • extreme condition modeling
  • wave energy converters


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