D2.5 EC Report on Instrumentation Best Practice

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Têtu, A.; Frigaard, P.; Kofoed, J.; Lopes, M.; Iyer, A.; Bourdier, S.; Marina, D.; Stripling, S.; Johanning, L. (2013). D2.5 EC Report on Instrumentation Best Practice. Report by Aalborg University, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE), Plymouth University, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, and Wavec - Offshore Renewables. pp 26.

The present document deals with the specificity of the instrumentation related to wave energy converters.


The introduction section summarizes the different development phases of wave energy converters and introduces Froude scaling law which emphasizes the requirement for instrumentation at different scaling factors of wave energy converters.


An overview of the different instruments related to wave climate, forces, flow, pressures, motions, torque and current velocity is presented with commonly used instruments to measure those physical quantities.


The principal outcome of this report is a list of the different instrumentation for modelling the power take-off system and for measuring the power harvested from the waves by the wave energy converters for scaled models, which is the biggest challenge when modelling this type of devices.


The report lists best practice as used in several MaRINET partners laboratory facilities.

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