WS2: Optimisation of Collector Form and Response

Effective wave energy extraction requires the conversion of the dynamic internal flux of potential and kinetic energy into differential motion between two, or more, mechanical artefacts that are subsequently used to drive the power take off system. The conversion process begins with the response of the working and other surfaces to forces arising from the wave field. The best form of this working surface and its body has remained a matter of discussion, debate and research since the earliest history of wave power. This work stream will explore whether optimal designs can be evolved for the physical form and response of the collector in a wave energy converter, using a combination of genetic algorithms, numerical modelling and rapid prototyped models tested in tanks.