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Assessing the structural forces in the Wavestar wave energy converter, using a coupled hydro-elastic methodology

Date: November 05, 2013 at 13:13 GMT

This paper presents a methodology for assessing the structural forces applied to the Wavestar wave energy converter. Devices such as Wavestar use an offshore support structure as a fixed reference for several floaters. The floaters transfer wave loads to the support structure. This complex loading is investigated here using a methodology which fully integrates the hydrodynamic loads and the structural characteristics of the Wavestar. The influence of several parameters on structural deflections and forces have been investigated. 

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