A novel 2-D point absorber numerical modelling method

Gianmaria Giannini, Sandy Day, Paulo Rosa-Santos, Francisco Taveira-Pinto

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Despite several wave energy converters (WECs) having been developed to present, no particular concept has emerged yet. The existing inventions vary significantly in terms of the operation principle and complexity of WECs. The tethered point absorbers (PAs) are among the most known devices that, thanks to their simplicity, appear to be cost-effective and reliable for offshore installation. These devices need to be advanced further and, therefore, new tailored modelling methods are required. Numerical modelling of this type of WEC has been done mainly in one degree of freedom. Existing methods for multi-degrees of freedom analysis lack pragmatism and accuracy. Nevertheless, modelling of multiple degrees of freedom is necessary for correct analysis of the device dynamic response, wave loads and device performance. Therefore, an innovative numerical method for two degrees of freedom analysis of PA WECs, which permits precisely modelling the dynamics of PA for surge and heave motions, is introduced in this paper. The new method allows assessing, in the time-domain, the dynamic response of tethered PAs using regular and irregular sea states. The novel numerical model is explained, proved and empirically validated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
Number of pages28
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021


  • dynamic response
  • experimental validation
  • hydrodynamic analysis method
  • marine energy
  • mooring cable
  • ocean energy
  • tethered WEC
  • time-domain 2-D
  • wave energy converter


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