Tuning a wave-energy-driven OWC seawater pump to polychromatic waves

polychromatic_signalsOn the tuning of a wave-energy driven oscillating-water-column seawater pump to polychromatic waves
R. Godoy-Diana & S. P. R. Czitrom.
Ocean Engineering, 34 : 2374-2384 (2007).

Abstract: Performance of wave-energy devices of the oscillating water column (OWC) type is greatly enhanced when a resonant condition with the forcing waves is maintained. The natural frequency of such systems can in general be tuned to resonate with a given wave forcing frequency. In this paper we address the tuning of an OWC sea-water pump to polychromatic waves. We report results of wave tank experiments, which were conducted with a scale model of the pump. Also, a numerical solution for the pump equations, which were proven in previous work to successfully describe its behavior when driven by monochromatic waves, is tested with various polychromatic wave spectra. Results of the numerical model forced by the wave trains measured in the wave tank experiments are used to develop a tuning criterion for the sea-water pump.

BibTeX:

@article{godoy-diana_czitrom_OE2007,
  author = {{G}odoy-{D}iana, {R}. and {C}zitrom, {S}. {P}. {R}.},
  title = {{O}n the tuning of a wave-energy driven oscillating-water-column seawater pump to polychromatic waves},
  journal = {Ocean Engineering},
  year = {2007},
  volume = {34},
  pages = {2374-2384}
}

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