In the evolution of floating-point absorber wave energy conversion systems, multiple-body systems are gaining more attention than single-body systems. Meanwhile, the design and operation factors affecting the performance of multiple-body systems are much greater than those of single-body systems. However, no systematic study has yet been presented. In this article, a theoretical model is proposed by using a coupled oscillator system consisting of a damper-spring system to represent a two-body system (the floating body and the reacting body). Dimensionless expressions for the motion response and wave power absorption efficiency are derived. With the newly developed model, we prove that an appropriately tuned two-body system can obtain a limiting power absorption width of (L is the incident wavelength) as much as a single-body system. The generic case of a two-body system is presented with numerical simulations as an example. The results show that increasing the damping coefficient can reduce the wave frequency at which the peak of power absorption efficiency occurs. Increasing stiffness can make the wave frequencies for high power absorption efficiency move to a higher frequency region and can also make the spectrum bandwidth for high power absorption efficiency become narrower. Further, we show that the two-body system can absorb more wave energy at low wave frequencies than the single-body system.
Parametric analysis of a two-body floating-point absorber wave energy converter
Qianlong Xu, Ye Li, Luke G. Bennetts, Shangming Wang, Lijun Zhang, Hao Xu, Srikanth Narasimalu; Parametric analysis of a two-body floating-point absorber wave energy converter. Physics of Fluids 1 September 2023; 35 (9): 097115. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0161920
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