Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Wave Tank Studies

 

Because of ongoing relationships with private developers, HINMREC cannot sponsor design work but provides facilities for testing as well as technical know-how for evaluation. This photo shows Ph.D. candidate Richard Carter holding a model version of his WEC design. He used the UH Wave Tank to conduct research on wave energy devices. (Photo by R. David Beales, University Creative Services)

Because of ongoing relationships with private developers, HINMREC cannot sponsor design work but provides facilities for testing as well as technical know-how for evaluation. This photo shows Ph.D. candidate Richard Carter holding a model version of his WEC design. He used the UH Wave Tank to conduct research on wave energy devices. (Photo by R. David Beales, University Creative Services)

P.I.: Assoc. Prof. Michelle Teng, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Objectives:  (i) refinement of numerical simulation packages to predict dynamic loads on floating and submerged structures and assess the performance of single wave power devices and interacting arrays of these devices; and, (ii) scale tests in an UH wave tank of generic prototype devices.

Presently: Some wave-structure-interaction computer models are available. There are two  Wave-Tanks available to test scale models of Wave-Power devices at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: (i) 15.2 m (l) x 1.2 m (w) x 0.9 m (d) wave tank/wave generator equipped with a towing carriage; (ii) a longer 1.8 m deep wave flume and towing carriage is under construction.

Project: (i) Experiments were conducted under different wave conditions to examine single devices ( UH Wave Tank Experiments  and MS Thesis R. Hager). However, due to the relatively small size of the UH wave tanks it was determined that  testing of scale versions of prototype devices should be conducted at larger facilities like those found at Oregon State University and the US Naval Academy.

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