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Numerical wave tank testing for marine renewable energy devices
21 June 2021 | 09:00 - 17:30
Speaker: Dr. Josh Davidson, Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics, Dept. of Fluid Mechanics
Dr Josh Davidson is from Townsville, Australia, where he studied at James Cook University, earning a First Class Honours degree and a PhD in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He served as the Deputy Director at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), Maynooth University, Ireland, working on nonlinear hydrodynamic modelling and control of wave energy converters and the development of Computation Fluid Dynamics based Numerical Wave Tanks. He was the Committee Chair for the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE). He is currently a Research Fellow at the Dept of Fluid Mechanics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics supported by an EU grant for the project Nonlinear Rock and Roll – Modelling and Control of Parametric Resonance in Wave Energy Converters.
The goal of the prooposed activity is to teach students about the development and optimisation of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices at low to mid Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) using computational models. Demonstrating the advantages of early-stage numerical wave tank (NWT) experimentation to increase the Technology Performance Level (TPL) of devices beforeinvesting in expensive physical prototyping, tank and ocean testing, and then later-stage NWT simulations to supplement the physical testing campaigns.
The 4-6 hour Lecture Course will encompass topics such as :
1. The role of NWTs in MRE device development
2. Hydrodynamic modelling
3. Mooring, PTO and Control systems
4. NWT experiments
9:00-10:30 – Dr. Josh Davidson, The role of NWTs in MRE device development
10:30-11:00 – Break
11:00-12:30 – Dr. Josh Davidson, Hydrodynamic modelling
14:00-15:30 – Dr. Josh Davidson, Mooring, PTO and Control systems
15:30-16:00 – Break
16:00-17:30 – Dr. Josh Davidson, NWT experiments