Physical and Mathematical Modelling of a Point Absorber Wave Energy Conversion System with Nonlinear Damping

  • D. C. Hicks
  • C. M. Pleass
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Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


A point absorber type device, damped by a single-acting hydraulic cylinder, has been tested in the laboratory and modeled mathematically. The system’s efficiency was found to be equal that of systems with double-acting pumps. Response and efficiency curves are presented from both the physical and mathematical models for the case of monochromatic wave forcing.


Wave Force Check Valve Point Absorber Positive Displacement Pump Capture Width 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C. Hicks
    • 1
  • C. M. Pleass
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Marine StudiesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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