Optimal damping profiles for a heaving buoy wave-energy converter

G.A. Nolan, J.V. Ringwood, William Leithead, S. Butler

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This paper explores optimal damping profiles for a heaving buoy wave energy converter (WEC). The approach is mathematical and the model of Eidsmoen (1995) is used as a basis. In order to permit analytical development, the model is initially simplified and an optimal damping profile is determined using numerical optimization. Having found the optimal damping profile, a semi-analytical solution methodology is developed to determine the optimal damping parameters. Finally, the procedure is validated on the original model and some aspects related to the control problem are addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • damping profiles
  • wave-energy converter


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