Integrated WEC Design: Theory and Practice Workshop

Oregon State University, the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) and Sandia National Laboratories are pleased to present this 2-day workshop to develop a hands-on understanding of the WEC design theory and experimental testing approach.

September 16-17, 2019
O.H. Hinsdale Wave Basin
Oregon State University

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The process to design and experimentally test a wave energy converter (WEC) is still nascent and varies dramatically between technology developers. Factors from a wide range of sub-disciplines, such as naval architecture, electronics, hydraulics, dynamics and control, all play important roles in the final design. With so many competing factors, it is hard to know where to begin and which path(s) to follow. However, by abstracting the problem into a familiar framework, the important factors and concepts for WEC design become more evident. This workshop will overview this novel design approach; with specific attention focused on dynamics, control, signal processing, experimental design and analysis, and full-scale design. 

The workshop will be targeted at graduate students, early stage career researchers, or research scientists who work in, or are interested in, wave energy conversion. Content will be taught at a high level, with the goal of introducing concepts to allow participants to better understand the “big picture” and do further reading in areas of interest after the class. The course will take place over two eight hour days. The course will include both classroom and experimental wave tank testing of a model-scale WEC device.  A draft workshop agenda is shown in the table below; the final agenda is still in development.

Day 1

Ocean wave resource - Where is the energy located?

WEC modeling and control

  • Overview of dynamical systems and classical control theory
  • WEC modeling
  • WEC control

Experimental design – How do we get what we need?

Wave tank

  • Review experimental set up
  • Run tests

Day 2

Data analysis

  • System identification
  • Model validation
  • Device performance

WEC design Small scale to large scale

Workshop Lodging Options 

Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis

20% discount rate applied for all standard king and double queen guestrooms based on availability.
Reserve your room(s) using this link: Conference Rate at Courtyard Corvallis
Or, call the front desk at (541) 753-0199 and mention you have a corporate rate called "Conference Rate" to receive the discount. 

Holiday Inn Express on the River

20% discount rate applied for all standard king and double queen guestrooms based on availability.
Reserve your room(s) using this link: Conference Rate at Holiday Inn Express Corvallis  
Or, call the front desk at (541) 752-0800 and mention you have a corporate rate called "Conference Rate" to receive the discount. 

Scholar Housing (students only)

Contact: brenda.langley@oregonstate.edu