Overview: The research has two components.
(1) The acquisition and testing of a X-band radar for the real-time observations of ocean waves incident on a wave energy converter. The test geometry is the Xband radar on a mast at shore and a measurement buoy in the ocean.
(2). The design of wave tank test to demonstrate hydrodynamic control of a cylindrical buoy with hemispherical bottom coupled to a permanent magnet generator such that generator damping results in the buoy oscillating in resonance with waves. The velocity of the buoy in phase with the excitation force of the waves is the condition for optimal efficiency of wave energy conversion.
Responsibilities: Study the satellite data collection requirements for the test geometry with the X-band radar on a mast at shore and a measurement buoy in the ocean. Under guidance work with a simplified mathematical model of the dynamics of a wave energy converter represented by a cylindrical buoy with hemispherical bottom coupled to a permanent magnet generator.
Considered Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Qualifications: Good oral and written communication skills. Completion of coursework in Differential Equations.
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