Wave Tank Testing of a Pendulum Wave Energy Converter 1:12 Scale Model

Pozzi Nicola, Bracco Giovanni, Passione Biagio, Sirigu Sergej Antonello, Vissio Giacomo, Mattiazzo Giuliana, Sannino Gianmaria

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Wave Energy is a widespread, reliable renewable energy source. The early study on Wave Energy dates back in the 70's, with a particular effort in the last and present decade to make Wave Energy Converters (WECs) more profitable and predictable. The PeWEC (Pendulum Wave Energy Converter) is a pendulum-based WEC. The research activities described in the present work aim to develop a pendulum converter for the Mediterranean Sea, where waves are shorter, thus with a higher frequency compared to the ocean waves, a characteristic well agreeing with the PeWEC frequency response. The mechanical equations of the device are developed and coupled with the hydrodynamic Cummins equation. The work deals with the design and experimental tank test of a 1:12 scale prototype. The experimental data recorded during the testing campaign are used to validate the numerical model previously described. The numerical model proved to be in good agreement with the experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1750024
Pages (from-to)-
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Nicola, P., Giovanni, B., Biagio, P., Antonello, S. S., Giacomo, V., Giuliana, M., & Gianmaria, S. (2017). Wave Tank Testing of a Pendulum Wave Energy Converter 1:12 Scale Model. International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 9(2), -. [1750024]. https://doi.org/10.1142/S1758825117500247