The state of the art tools to assess the efficiency of the wave energy converters comprise the boundary element method (BEM) codes which are based on the potential linear approach whereas computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is still considered to be relatively computationally expensive. An attempt to enlarge the scope of the state of the art computational tools for wave energy converter applications is made in order to account for the viscous effects. This is achieved via the viscous damping term of the Morison equation which relies on a coefficient Cd – to be estimated prior force calculation.
The state of the art wave to wire model together with additional viscous term is termed as potential time domain viscous model and is employed for evaluation of the power efficiency of a generic surging type wave energy conversion system. Finally a comparison of CFD and the viscous time domain model is conducted which concludes that the Morison equations’ drag term does offer an improvement.