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 Simscape Multibody. 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. The WEC-Sim project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office and the code development effort is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia).
The WEC-Sim development team from Sandia National Labs and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be hosting a series of advanced features webinars. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the WEC-Sim website.
- April 18, 2017 the 1st webinar of the WEC-Sim series was hosted by the WEC-Sim development team on bemio and multiple case runs.
- May 24, 2017 the 2nd webinar of the WEC-Sim series was hosted by the WEC-Sim development team on non-linear hydrodynamics, non-hydro bodies, and body-to-body interactions.
- June 13, 2017 the 3rd webinar of the WEC-Sim series was hosted by the WEC-Sim development team on pto applications.
- July 18, 2017 the 4th webinar of the WEC-Sim series was hosted by the WEC-Sim development team on mooring and visualization.
- August 17, 2017 the WEC-Sim development team hosted an online training course for WEC-Sim users and developers.