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Dynamic analysis and Design of interconnected Point Absorber WEC

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Dynamic analysis and Design of interconnected Point Absorber WEC.

Rel. Giovanni Bracco, Giuliana Mattiazzo. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Meccanica, 2021


In the last few decades, renewable energy technologies became popular due to the serious environmental situation of the planet. Wave energy converters (WECs) are the systems which convert the wave power into electrical energy and they are currently under research and development. The most popular WEC is the point absorber, a device which converts sea wave energy into electricity, and its movement is typically in the vertical direction. The current thesis presents an interconnected point absorber system which aims to increase the performance of the device using an innovative power extraction technique. In particular, horizontal tethers have been added in order to connect the point absorbers, and therefore to exploit their relative movement in surge direction. A dynamic analysis is carried out after linearizing the system using Taylor series and an optimization process using MATLAB, is applied. In order to describe in detail the kinematics and dynamics of the technology, modal analysis is performed. Furthermore, a comparison between the proposed system and a generic point absorber array, is presented. Finally, a probabilistic model is used in order to design the main components of the point absorber units, such as the Power Take Off (PTO) system.

Relators: Giovanni Bracco, Giuliana Mattiazzo
Academic year: 2020/21
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 144
Additional Information: Tesi secretata. Fulltext non presente
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Meccanica
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-33 - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/18521
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