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PhD Final Oral Examination – Bret Bosma

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

On the Design, Modeling, and Testing of Ocean Wave Energy Converters
Ocean wave energy converter technology continues to advance and new developers continue to emerge, leading to the need for a general design, modeling, and testing methodology. This work presents a development of the process of taking a wave energy converter from a concept to the prototype stage. A two body heaving point absorber representing a generic popular design was chosen and a general procedure is presented showing the process to model a wave energy converter in the frequency and time domains. A scaled prototype of an autonomous small scale wave energy converter was designed, built, and tested and provided data for model validation. The result is a guide that new developers can adapt to their particular design and wave conditions, which will provide a path toward a cost of energy estimate. This will serve the industry by providing sound methodology to accelerate the continued development of wave energy converters.

Major Advisor: Ted Brekken
Committee: Annette von Jouanne
Committee: Ean Amon
Committee: Solomon Yim
GCR: Joe Zaworski 

Milam Hall (campus map)
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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