Journal of Marine Science and Application

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 48–53 | Cite as

Hydrodynamic Simulation of Wave Energy Converter Using Particle-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Yodchai TiapleEmail author
Research Article


Wave energy from the ocean is currently a very popular renewable energy, and its development has primarily focused on the shape of the wave energy converter (WEC) used to efficiently convert wave energy into electrical energy. However, the free surface ocean wave problem is very complex and the parameters affecting WEC behavior are difficult to understand. In this paper, based on the Lattice-Boltzmann method, we present particle-based CFD simulation results for the pivoted-type WEC that exhibits both vertical and horizontal motions. In this method, the computation domain need not be a mesh and complex geometry is not a limiting factor. Using a free-surface turbulence model, we simulated the fluid–structure interaction. We detail our simulation results, which show good agreement with those in the literature.


Wave energy converter Pivoted buoy Lattice–Boltzmann Particle-based CFD 


Funding Information

The project is sponsored by the Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy, Thailand (Contract No. 07-02-57-014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Maritime Engineering, Faculty of International Maritime StudiesKasetsart UniversityChonburiThailand

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