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Title: Will oscillating wave surge converters survive tsunamis?
Authors: O'Brien, Laura 
Christodoulides, Paul 
Renzi, Emiliano 
Stefanakis, Themistoklis S. 
Dias, Frederic 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Environmental Engineering
Keywords: Oscillating wave surge converter;Tsunami;Wave energy converter;Wave loading;Wave-structure interaction
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2015
Source: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 2015, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 160-166
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
Start page: 160
End page: 166
Journal: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters 
Abstract: With an increasing emphasis on renewable energy resources, wave power technology is becoming one of the realistic solutions. However, the 2011 tsunami in Japan was a harsh reminder of the ferocity of the ocean. It is known that tsunamis are nearly undetectable in the open ocean but as the wave approaches the shore its energy is compressed, creating large destructive waves. The question posed here is whether an oscillating wave surge converter (OWSC) could withstand the force of an incoming tsunami. Several tools are used to provide an answer: an analytical 3D model developed within the framework of linear theory, a numerical model based on the non-linear shallow water equations and empirical formulas. Numerical results show that run-up and draw-down can be amplified under some circumstances, leading to an OWSC lying on dry ground!
ISSN: 2095-0349
DOI: 10.1016/j.taml.2015.05.008
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Under a Creative Commons license.
Type: Article
Affiliation : Monash University 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University College Dublin 
Loughborough University 
Centre de Mathematiques et de Leurs Applications 
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