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pre332 - Modelling and Control of Ocean Energy Systems (Complete module description)
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Module label Modelling and Control of Ocean Energy Systems
Module abbreviation pre332
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC) (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Skills to be acquired in this module
At the completion of this module, the student will:
- be familiar with the linear hydrodynamic theory of wave energy systems
- be familiar with the hydrodynamic theory of marine current turbines (BEM)
- be introduced to advanced numerical hydrodynamic modelling of wave and current systems and control simulation
- be familiar with experimental testing and monitoring of OE systems
- acquire basic knowledge of other forms of ocean energy and their systems as OTEC and salinity gradients.
Module contents
- Wave energy systems: Types of wave energy converters. Linear wave structure interactions. Frequency domain analysis. Hydrodynamic coefficients and their computation. Time domain analysis. Phase control. Arrays. Model testing techniques. Marine current turbines. Types of marine current turbines.
- Hydrodynamic models: Blade Element Momentum (BEM), Lifting line (LL), Integral Boundary Element Method (IBEM). Hydrofoil data and analysis. Cavitation and strength. Design criteria. Multiple turbine interaction.
- Other types of energy systems: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Energy from salinity gradients.
- Wave Flume of the Civil Engineering Department of IST: Characterization of systems of regular and irregular 2D waves. Energy spectra. (Duration 3 h).
- Wave Flume of the Civil Engineering Department of IST: Characterization of a floating body response RAO in a system of regular 2D waves. (Duration 3 h).
Recommended reading
J. Falnes: Ocean Waves and Oscillating Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
G. Thomas: The theory behind the conversion of ocean wave energy: a review. In: (J. Cruz, editor) Ocean Wave Energy. Berlin: Springer, 2008, p. 41-91.
Numerical and experimental modelling of WECs. In: (J. Cruz, editor) Ocean Wave Energy. Berlin: Springer, 2008, p. 133-188.
A. A. Sayigh (Editor): Comprehensive Renewable Energy, vol. 8, Ocean Energy, Elsevier, in press, 2012.
A. F. O. Falcão: Wave energy utilization: a review of the technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 14, p. 899-918, 2010.
Lecture Notes. To be produced.
Jack Hardisty: The Analysis of Tidal Stream Power, John Wiley & Sons, 2009, ISBN 9780470724514.
Roger H. Charlier, Charles W. Finkl: Ocean Energy: Tide and Tidal Power, Springer, 2009, ISBN: 3540779310
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
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Previous knowledge
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
Written exam (Wave Energy): early April
Written exam (Marine Current Turbines): early June
Written report (Lab): mid-May
Written exam (40%): Wave Energy, 2.5 hours
Written exam (50%: Marine Current Turbines, 2.5 hours
Written report (10%): Lab report, 10 - 20 pages
Type of course Seminar
Workload Präsenzzeit 0 h