Flow about an oscillating plate, made of a flexible material, used to extract sea-wave energy

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Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2012, 2012
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A significant amount of energy is associated with sea water movement as it comes to the shore and then recedes from it. One way to extract this energy is to create oscillation in a vane by push and pull of the moving water. This work examines numerically the flow and forces associated with such a vane in a typical wave condition, using a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package. The vane is a rectangular plate hinged at one edge and can oscillate about it. Effect of using a flexible (polymer) plate material is investigated in order to get more force out of the vane. Using flexible vane material results in more energy extraction from the device.
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