Effects of Power Take-Off Damping and Model Scaling on the Hydrodynamic Performance of Oscillating Water Column Device

  • S. John AshlinEmail author
  • S. A. Sannasiraj
  • V. Sundar
  • Arun Kamath
  • Hans Bihs
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 23)


A systematic numerical investigation on the hydrodynamic performance of an oscillating water column (OWC) system for different damping values from the power take-off (PTO) device and at different model scales has been studied. Further, an experimental programme was devised with a Froude model scale of 1:12 in a shallow wave flume by representing PTO damping by varying the air orifice ratio, a/A [ratio of air orifice area (a) to plan area (A)]. In the case of numerical investigation, simulation was carried out in the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, REEF3D. Herein, the equivalent PTO damping on the OWC chamber is represented by the porous media flow relation. First, the numerical results are validated by comparing with the laboratory measurements for five different PTO damping. Second, following the validation stage, the open-source numerical model is used to evaluate model scale effects on the hydrodynamic performance of the OWC by comparing hydrodynamic parameters of four different model scales from 1:12 to full scale. In this paper, the influence of PTO damping and model scales on the variation of pressure behind the lip wall, air pressure, and hydrodynamic efficiency is studied. The results are reported for different relative water depths. Since the air is modelled as incompressible, the effect of scaling on the hydrodynamic performance of OWC is found with negligible variation.


Oscillating water column Optimum power take-off damping Scale effects Wave amplification Hydrodynamic efficiency Air pressure 



This research was funded by Norwegian Research Council (Grant No. 217622/E20) and their support is gratefully acknowledged. The authors’ are grateful for the support received from shallow wave flume facility at the Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras. They also gratefully acknowledge the excellent computing facilities provided by High Performance Computing Centre of IIT Madras and NOTUR (No. NN2620K) of Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. John Ashlin
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. A. Sannasiraj
    • 1
  • V. Sundar
    • 1
  • Arun Kamath
    • 2
  • Hans Bihs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ocean EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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