Chapter 14

Determining Structural and Hydrodynamic Loads

S. Vaughan*,; C.B. Ferreira    * School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland DNV GL: Energy, Renewables Certification (Wave and Tidal), London, United Kingdom


The assessment of structural loads and design of wave energy converters (WECs) has primarily been driven by the expertise of the oil and gas (O&G), offshore wind and maritime industries. This includes application of well-established recommended practices, standards, and guidelines. WECs, however, feature design and risk criteria departing from the aforementioned, requiring careful application, as well as the requirement to develop specific approaches to properly assess structural loads. ...

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