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In-tank tests of a dielectric elastomer generator for wave energy harvesting
Author(s): R. Vertechy; M. Fontana; G. P. Rosati Papini; D. Forehand
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Paper Abstract

Wave energy harvesting is one of the most promising applications for Dielectric Elastomer Generators. A simple and interesting concept of a Wave Energy Converter based on Dielectric Elastomers is the Polymeric Oscillating Water Column (Poly-OWC). In this paper, preliminary experimental results on the assessment of a small-scale Poly-OWC prototype are presented. The scale of the considered prototype is 1:50. Tests are conducted in a wave-flume by considering sea state conditions with different wave amplitudes and frequencies. The obtained experimental results confirm the viability of the Poly-OWC device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90561G (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045046
Show Author Affiliations
R. Vertechy, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy)
M. Fontana, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy)
G. P. Rosati Papini, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy)
D. Forehand, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9056:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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