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Development of an Integrated Tool for Numerical Modeling of Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converters (WEC-OWC) integrated in Vertical Breakwaters - DITOWEC

The Tool development consists in coupling the numerical models SWAN and COULWAVE, for the wave propagation from offshore to nearshore, and URANS (Unsteady Reynolds Average Navier-Stokes) numerical model OpenFoam for wave-structure interaction, hydrodynamic and aerodynamic of the OWC device. The numerical Integrated Tool is built to support ocean and coastal engineering projects, for implementation of coastal/harbors structures taking in account the real bathymetry and offshore wave climate, wave propagation from offshore to the structure (and inside the OWC device), wave-structure interactions, nonlinear phenomena and interactions between hydrodynamic and aerodynamic of a WEC-OWC.

 

Partners: Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)

 

Funding organization: Science and Technology Foundation (PT)

 

Main achievements: Experimental data; Validation of the numerical codes in the OWC-WEC case; and the Integrated Tool.

Reference:PTDC/ECM-HID/1719/2012
Start date:01 Jul 2013
End date:01 Jul 2015
Main researcher:José Manuel Paixão Conde, Assistant Professor
Research group:Fluid and Structures Engineering
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