Experimental evaluation of phase and velocity control for a cyclorotor wave energy converter
Keywords:Cyclorotor, Efficiency, Control, Wave Energy Converters, LiftWEC, Experimental Results
The research presented in the paper is dedicated to the analysis of the 3D experimental testing results of a 1:20 scale prototype LiftWEC cyclorotor wave energy converter (WEC). The scaled prototype was built and tested in the Hydraulic and Offshore Engineering wave Tank (HOET) by Ecole Centrale Nantes (ECN) in 2022. The analysis is conducted using the analytical control-oriented point-vortex model. The presented research covers a range of tests, with particular focus on cases where positive mechanical power generation has been recorded. The analysis of such cases is important, in highlighting the conditions needed for optimum energy conversion, for future development of cyclorotor WEC technology. The study also reviews the results of tests where the rotor rotational speed is varied within each period of monochromatic waves. This is the first experimental test of such a control strategy for cyclorotor WECs.
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