MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 307, 2020International Conference on Materials & Energy (ICOME’17 and ICOME’18)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||10 February 2020|
Effect of wall inclination on the dynamic behaviour of an oscillating water column system
EMISys Research Team, Engineering 3S Research Center, Turbomachinery Lab. Mohammadia School of Engineers, University Mohammed V in Rabat, B.P. 765 Agdal, Rabat, Morocco
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The Oscillating Water Column device (OWC) is one of the most used Wave Energy Converters (WECs) for wave energy harvesting. It consists essentially of two parts: the pneumatic chamber made of concrete and the bidirectional turbine linked to a generator group for energy production.
In this study we are interested in the water motion oscillation inside the chamber resulting from the water level perturbation. This process is characterized by its own natural frequency and global damping. The vertical OWC chamber model is limited by the number of parameters defining the natural frequency and the global damping. The objective of this paper is to improve the performances obtained for the vertical OWC by considering an OWC with inclined sidewalls.
For maximum efficiency, the device must operate in the resonance domain where the damping is low and the frequency of incoming waves matches with the natural frequency of the OWC. This will theoretically amplify the pneumatic energy to be converted to a mechanical one in the turbine.
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