Computational Fluid Dynamics


Dr Pal Schmitt


In close cooperation with the experimental tests performed off-shore and in our wave tanks, the Marine Research Group develops, validates and applies OpenFOAM CFD tools to the simulation of WECs. 

Our interest focuses on coastal processes, efficient wave generation and absorption methods, fluid structure interaction and moving bodies. 

OpenFOAM based tools have successfully been validated for the simulation of bottom hinged wave energy converters and are used to investigate extreme loads, scaling laws and parametric shape variations.


Key Publications:

Schmitt, P, Asmuth, H & Elsaesser, B 2016, 'Optimising power take-off of an oscillating wave surge converter using high fidelity numerical simulations' International Journal of Marine Energy, vol 16, pp. 196-208. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijome.2016.07.006

Schmitt, P, Windt, C, Nicholson, J & Elsaesser, B 2016, 'Development and Validation of a Procedure for Numerical Vibration Analysis of an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter' European Journal of Mechanics B - Fluids, vol 58, pp. 9-19. DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2016.02.005

Schmitt, P & Elsaesser, B 2015, 'On the use of OpenFOAM to model Oscillating wave surge converters' Ocean Engineering, vol 108, pp. 98-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.07.055


Video: CFD model of flap type WEC