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Optimization of the hull shape of a specialized vessel used to deploy wave energy converters
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this study, the initial hydrostatic stability, the hydrostatic stability and the structure realibility of three different barge-shaped vessels is simulated and evaluated in order to see which of the vessels would be the most optimal to use for deployment of wave energy converters, WECs. The vessels differ in their hull type: Bulbous-bow hull vessel, Barge hull vessel and Modified-barge hull vessel. In order to do the evaluation, the hull of each vessel is designed in DELFTship and further design is proceeded in SolidWorks 2014. Structural strength analysis is performed in SolidWorks 2014 and hydrostatic properties are simualted in Ansys Aqwa 16.0. The collected results are pointing at that the Modified-barge hull vessel is slightly superior to the others in terms of hydrostatic stability, while the structure stability is equal. The results of this study will provide a foundation for further evaluation of vessels capable of deploying wave energy converters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Hydrostatic stability, Stability, Specialized vessel, Deployment of wave Energy Converters, Deployment, Solidworks, Ansys Aqwa, Structural analysis, Stability analysis, Optimization
National Category
Engineering and Technology Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277729ISRN: UTH-INGUTB-EX- E-2015/14-SEOAI: diva2:905522
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Electrical Engineering
Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-02-22 Last updated: 2016-03-15Bibliographically approved

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