Analysis of the SEA-OWC-Clam wave energy device part B: structural integrity analysis

Andrea Bucchi, Grant E. Hearn

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In this paper the dynamic loads determined for the SEA-OWC-Clam wave energy device, treated as a floating offshore structure with six degrees-of-freedom with partial internal sealed-off channels, are applied to assess its structural integrity. This task necessitates the matching of the boundary element determined dynamic pressures to the corresponding Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to determine the effective von Mises stress levels. A decomposition of the total load to permit attribution to different aspects of radiation and diffraction loading is presented. Possible modification of structural details is identified by undertaking a more local stiffened plate analysis to improve structural details.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-269
Number of pages17
JournalRenewable Energy
Early online date9 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Wave-energy
  • Oscillating water column (OWC)
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Linear FEA
  • Stress reduction
  • Corrugated plate


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