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Development and characterization of a novel direct drive rotary wave energy point absorber MTS-IEEE oceans conference proceedings

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3 Author(s)
Rhinefrank, K. ; Columbia Power Technol., Corvallis, OR, USA ; Prudell, J. ; Schacher, A.

This paper describes the technology and innovation applied toward the development of a direct drive rotary wave energy converter. Extensive investigations on power take off (PTO), cost of energy, mechanism design, and survivability in a marine environment have led to the design discussed in this paper. Discussion of numerical modeling to optimize device shape and aspect ratios and preliminary experimental investigations at 1:33 scale are discussed. Highly sophisticated experimental data acquisition and precise real-time damping controls are employed and reviewed.

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OCEANS 2009, MTS/IEEE Biloxi - Marine Technology for Our Future: Global and Local Challenges

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26-29 Oct. 2009