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.