Ocean Wave Rectifier water canal

Abstract : How to generate currents from water waves? Inspired by nature original way of pumping in the embryonic heart, two wave pumps are studied in the present thesis: the resonance wave pump directly inspired by the Liebau's pump and the waves above a submerged plate pump. The origin of the observed circulation is linked to the wave mass transport term: it corresponds to the amount of mass advected by the waves in the surface layer. The latter is the domain between the crest and the trough of the waves and is a part of the flow that is not always submerged. It is possible to amplify this surface term by resonance and by varying the bathymetry. The latter enables to generate local suction toward the surface layer and leads to mean circulation. The problem is described using a simple potential theory and a dissipative model is proposed to take into account wave dissipation due to friction and wave breaking. The simplified model is compared to experiments and simulations in both cases. It provides a simple framework to predict the pumps behavior: the interesting frequency range and the strength of the flow. It is also a tool for the design of real life applications
Keywords : Fluid Energy Ocean wave
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Rémi Carmigniani. Ocean Wave Rectifier water canal. Fluids mechanics [physics.class-ph]. Université Paris-Est, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017PESC1049⟩. ⟨tel-01743826⟩

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