CalWave Device Behavior in Different Sea States from Scaled Tank Testing


This submission contains a summary of tank test derived WEC device behavior in different irregular sea states.

CalWave sought to conduct experimental tank testing of scaled prototype units early on in the design process to obtain a first estimation of device performance for sea states of importance and to perform system identification/PTO tests. These experimental tests primarily aim to assess the wave to structure conversion efficiency and device behavior. Moreover, distinct model parameters of high interest were experimentally tested to validate numerical device modeling and optimization. These tests focused on system identification rather than performance maximization.

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DOE Project Name: CWPT Open Water Demonstration
DOE Project Number: EE0008097
DOE Project Lead: Tim Ramsey
Last Updated: 10 months ago
Data from March, 2018
Submitted Apr 3, 2018


CalWave Power Technologies Inc.



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All Resources Available Apr 3, 2023


Thomas Boerner
CalWave Power Technologies Inc.
Bryan Murray
CalWave Power Technologies Inc.


MHK, Marine, Hydrokinetic, energy, power, Wave Tank, IWS, Prototype Testing, System Identification, ocean, sea states, PTO, Power Take-Off, CalWave, WEP, WEC, point absorber, point absorber buoy, pressure differential, absorber, submerged pressure differential


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