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Hydrodynamic Analysis of the Wave Bridge Concept

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Title: Hydrodynamic Analysis of the Wave Bridge Concept
Authors: Fernandez, Nelson
Issue Date: Aug 2016
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2016]
Abstract: The Wave Bridge concept is a novel technology for mitigating primary floating platform displacements and nacelle accelerations of a Floating Wind Turbine (FWT) system by pursuing a radical departure from current traditional research in the field of FWTs. The study’s objective was to determine if performance improvement was achieved by implementing the Wave Bridge concept through the use a comprehensive computational model within a three dimensional, frequency domain based on linear wave theory. The performance change of the system was determined by the change in nacelle accelerations since larger nacelle accelerations adversely affect FWT’s operation lifetime, maintenance schedule, and power output. The study varied the Wave Bridge’s body volume, separation distance, and incident angle to determine the dimensional effects of these parameters toward seeking optimization. Results show the relationship these dimensions contribute to performance improvements of 30% or performance
degradations of 60%.
Description: M.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51446
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