The project began July 15, 2017 and ended January 15, 2018 and concentrated on recording the loads of different WaveRoller components, mainly the foundation and the panel.
The main purpose of the tests was to understand the extreme loads better and compare them to the ones used in the design. The tests covered a wide range of design conditions of varying tides, sea states and wave directions. The test results showed that the design loads were accurately derived from the combination of numerical methodology and sea trial data. The design loads were not exceeded yet weren’t too conservative either. This confirmed the design methods and provided us with data used to reduce both size and cost of the foundation in the future.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (H2020), which is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme to date, under grant agreement no 731084, the MaRINET2 project.