This paper introduces a novel architecture of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) provided with a Dielectric Elastomer (DE) Power Take-Off (PTO) system. The device, named Poly-Buoy, includes a heaving buoy as primary interface, that captures the mechanical energy from waves, and a DE Generator (DEG), made by stacked layers of silicone elastomer, that converts mechanical energy into electricity. A mathematical model of the Poly-Buoy is proposed, which includes analytical electro-hyperlastic equations for the DEG and a linear model for wave-buoy hydrodynamics. Procedures for the design and optimization of different layouts and control strategies for the DE-PTO are introduced that specifically consider single-DEG and dual-DEG architectures. A numerical case study is also reported for specific geometrical dimensions of the buoy and specific wave climate data.
|Titolo:||Modeling of a heaving buoy wave energy converter with stacked dielectric elastomer generator|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo Atti Congressi/Articoli in extenso|