Hydrodynamic Modelling and Layout Optimisation of Wave Energy Converter Arrays

Pau Mercadé Ruiz

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch


This PhD thesis explores mathematical models for recreation of small-amplitude ocean waves and their interaction with assemblies of oscillating wave energy converters. Underpinned by the simulation capabilities associated with these models, algorithms seeking optimal arrangements between devices in various positions and orientations are finally investigated. This thesis intends in this way to offer a practical approach to the analysis of wave energy converters when they operate together as an array and the optimal design of array layouts.

The topics covered by the text include propagation of waves around solid bodies, generation of waves by oscillating bodies, wave transformation due to slowly-varying water depth conditions, basic principles of wave power extraction by oscillating bodies, and optimal formation of arrays of wave energy converters.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesPh.d.-serien for Det Ingeniør- og Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet

Bibliographical note

Dissertation not published.


  • wave energy arrays
  • linear waves
  • array layout
  • optimisation
  • direct matrix method
  • mild-slope equation

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