The Concept of a Bipartite Point Absorber

  • V. Ferdinande
  • M. Vantorre
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


A new wave power device is presented in the form of a bipartite point absorber. A simplified linear theory is used to demonstrate its satisfactory performance. An elaborate third-order theory however throws more light on the beneficial interactions between the composing parts, and on the strong nonlinear effects, which influence the power absorption in a negative way.


Mooring Line Power Absorption Reference Part Fixed Reference Frame Point Absorber 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Ferdinande, V.: On power absorption by floating devices in waves. International Shipbuilding Progress, Vol.32 - No. 373, September 1985.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Newman, J.N.: Marine Hydrodynamics. Cambridge, London: MIT Press 1977.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ferdinande, V.: A study of wave energy absorption by floating bodies (in Dutch). Gent: Dienst voor Scheepsbouwkunde RUG, Rep. 11–82, 1982.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Vantorre, M.: Third-order potential theory for the determination of hydrodynamic forces on axisymmetrical floating and immersed bodies in forced periodic heaving (in Dutch). Ghent: Doctor’s thesis RUG 1985.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Söding, H.: Second-Order Forces on Oscillating Cylinders in Waves. Schiffstechnik, Band 23, Heft 114, November 1976.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Ferdinande, V. and Kritis, B.: An economical method of determining added mass and damping coefficients of axisymmetric floating bodies in oscillatory heaving motion. International Shipbuilding Progress, Vol.27 - No. 313, September 1980.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Ferdinande
    • 1
  • M. Vantorre
    • 2
  1. 1.Dienst voor ScheepsbouwkundeState University of GhentGentBelgium
  2. 2.National Fund for Scientific ResearchBelgium

Personalised recommendations