Forced heaving motion of a floating air-filled bag

John Chaplin, Francis Farley, Adi Kurniawan, Deborah Greaves, Martyn Hann

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A proposed wave energy converter related to that described by Farley (2011) consists of a pressurised axi-symmretic air-filled bag, ballasted to float at about half depth. The bag contracts and expands under the action of wave-induced heaving motion, pumping air into and out of a secondary, rigid, chamber which acts as an air spring.
This paper describes experiments and numerical modelling aimed at understanding the behaviour of this device. Rather than test it in waves, in this initial investigation we chose to replace the power take-off with an oscillating air pump. Forcing air into and out of the bag periodically caused it to heave and radiate waves when floating in water initially at rest. Measurements of the bag’s response are compared with the predictions of a linear frequency-domain radiation theory, which uses a finite difference approach to model the harmonic deformations of the bag. Agreement is promising on the whole, providing some insights into the likely performance of the device when operating as a wave energy converter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 30th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies
EditorsRichard Porter, Jun Zang
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event30th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201515 Apr 2015


Conference30th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies
Abbreviated titleIWWWFB30
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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