WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) is an open source wave energy converter (WEC) simulation tool. The code is developed in MATLAB/SIMULINK using the multi-body dynamics solver SimMechanics. WEC-Sim has the ability to model devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems. Simulations are performed in the time-domain by solving the governing WEC equations of motion in 6 degrees-of-freedom as described in the WEC-Sim User Manual.
The WEC-Sim project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and the code development effort is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).
- Kelley Ruehl (SNL)
- Carlos Michelen (SNL)
- Yi-Hsiang Yu (NREL)
- Michael Lawson (NREL)
- Nathan Tom (NREL)
- Adam Nelessen (Georgia Tech)
- Sam Kanner (University of California at Berkeley)
- Chris McComb (Carnegie Mellon University)
 Kelley Ruehl, Carlos Michelen, Samuel Kanner, Michael Lawson, and Y. Yu, “Preliminary Verification and Validation of WEC-Sim, an Open-Source Wave Energy Converter Design Tool,” in Proceedings of OMAE 2014, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
 MJ Lawson, Y. Yu, Adam Nelessen, Kelley Ruehl, and Carlos Michelen, “Implementing Nonlinear Buoyancy and Excitation Forces in the WEC-Sim Wave Energy Converter Modeling Tool,” in Proceedings of OMAE 2014, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
 Y. Yu, Michael Lawson, Kelley Ruehl, and Carlos Michelen, “Development and Demonstration of the WEC-Sim Wave Energy Converter Simulation Tool,” in Proceedings of the 2nd Marine Energy Technology Symposium, Seattle, WA, 2014.
 Y. Yu, Ye Li, Kathleen Hallett, and Chad Hotimsky, “Design and Analysis for a Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter,” in Proceedings of OMAE 2014, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
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