Preliminary Verification and Validation of WEC-Sim, an Open-Source Wave Energy Converter Design Tool: Preprint
To promote and support the wave energy industry, a wave energy converter (WEC) design tool, WEC-Sim, is being developed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In this paper, the WEC-Sim code is used to model a point absorber WEC designed by the U.S. Department of Energy's reference model project. Preliminary verification was performed by comparing results of the WEC-Sim simulation through a code-to-code comparison, utilizing the commercial codes ANSYS-AQWA, WaveDyn, and OrcaFlex. A preliminary validation of the code was also performed by comparing WEC-Sim simulation results to experimental wave tank tests.
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- Conference: To be presented at the 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, 8-13 June 2014, San Francisco, California
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- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
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- United States
- 16 TIDAL AND WAVE POWER; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER; POINT ABSORBER; WEC-SIM; SIMULATION; NREL; Wind Energy
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