Physical Investigation Into An Array of Onshore OWCPs Designed for Water Delivery

Davide Magagna
Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Dimitris Stagonas
Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Gerald Muller
Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110572206

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:9, s. 2206-2213

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


An OWC Wave Pump (OWCP) for seawater desalination is under development at University of Southampton. The paper presents experimental results for work carried out on an array of OCWPs at a scale of 1:40. The interaction between singles components of the array is determined in order to assess the layout which gives the maximum power output from an array of 3 OWCPs. The results provide a benchmark for comparison against the data available in literature obtained from BEM simulation. Results show that amplification of the wave signal up to 4.8 times can be achieved within the array. Increasing the distance between devices by two times the width of the chamber resulted in a reduction of the magnification factor up to 30%.


Arrays; Oscillating Water Column; Separation Distance; Capture width


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