At the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Dublin, GL Garrad Hassan has release WaveDyn, the first independently developed wave-energy converter design tool made commercially available. WaveDyn lets users model a range of wave energy conversion devices.
The developer says its flexible, multi-body modelling approach, coupled with a hydrodynamic flow solver, and a range of additional modules, including Power Take-Off (PTO) and Moorings modules, lets a user build models that match the physical properties of real machines. The software will join the company’s software portfolio alongside the industry standard design tool for wind turbines, Bladed, and the tidal turbine design tool, Tidal Bladed.
Wave energy conversion brings with it a unique set of challenges, one of the most significant being the independent evaluation of the wide variety of different device types under development. The software has been developed to provide one self-consistent and rigorous software applicable to a wide range of concepts. Although new, the software benefits from GL Garrad Hassan’s experience in developing fully coupled engineering models which have been instrumental in advances made in modern wind turbines.
WaveDyn has been under development at GL Garrad Hassan for nearly five years, during which it has been applied to a range of wave energy converter types. It has benefitted from extensive verification exercises involving other device specific numerical models, and validation against experimental data from R&D and commercial design projects.
The software has undergone Beta testing and validation as part of the £8 million Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems, commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute. The Head of GL Garrad Hassan’s Wave Energy Department, Dr Joao Cruz, said: “Verification and validation are key to building confidence in any numerical model. The validation studies that we have performed, and the positive feedback we have received from the Beta testers, make us confident that WaveDyn will help to accelerate the development of ocean energy converter design.”
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