Mr. Alan McKinley
Job title: PhD Student
School: School of Natural and Built Environment
Location: David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd., BT9 5AG
Telephone: (+44) (0) 28 9097 4751
First Class Honours in Civil Engineering (MEng) at Queen’s University Belfast
Extreme Wave Loading on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter
My PhD, started in September 2013. The focus of this research is to further the understanding of loading on Wave Energy Converters (WEC’s), in particularly bottom hinged flap type devices such as Aquamarine Powers Oyster device, otherwise known as an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter (OWSC). The objective of this research is to optimise the design of OWSC’s to reduce loading upon them and increase the survivability of the devices. Hence, reducing capital expenditure and making OWSC’s a more viable renewable energy form.
The key areas of research which affect the loading on OWSC’s are geometric shape, pitch stiffness, structural dynamics and wave characteristics. These areas will be investigated further using both numerical modelling techniques and physical experiments, with the aim to verify numerical models with physical results. By furthering the understanding of these key areas it is hoped that OWSC’s design can be improved and optimised, without affecting the performance of the device within reason.
The structural response of an oscillating wave surge converter to wave slamming, McKinley, A., Henry, A., Nicholson, J., Elsaesser, B. & Windt, C. Paper presented at International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2014
The Vertical Distribution and Evolution of Slam Pressure on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter, Henry, A., Abadie, T., Nicholson, J., McKinley, A., Kimmoun, O. & Dias, F., Paper presented at ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, St. John's, Canada, 2015Investigating Extreme Loads on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter, Lamont-Kane, P., McKinley, A., Henry, A., Nicholson, J., Folley, M. & Elsäßer, B., Paper presented at 11th European Wave & Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France, 2015.
Preliminary Development of a Pseudo-3D Testing Technique for the Prediction of Extreme Loads on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter, McKinley, A., Lamont-Kane, P., Henry, A., Folley, M., Nicholson, J., Whittaker, T., Elsaesser, B., Paper presented at 3rd Asian Wave & Tidal Energy Conference, Singapore, 2016.
Posters / Presentations
Poster – Hydrodynamic Loading on Oscillating Wave Surge Converters(presented at INORE in 2014)
Presentation - The structural response of an oscillating wave surge converter to wave slamming (presented at ASRANet in 2014)
Poster - Introduction to Slamming Pressures on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter (presented at INORE in 2015)
Presentation - Preliminary Development of a Pseudo-3D Testing Technique for the Prediction of Extreme Loads on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter (presented at AWTEC in 2016)
International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE)