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Title:Dynamic system design optimization of wave energy converters utilizing direct transcription
Author(s):Herber, Daniel Ronald
Advisor(s):Allison, James T.
Department / Program:Industrial&Enterprise Sys Eng
Discipline:Systems & Entrepreneurial Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):dynamic system design optimization
direct transcription
wave energy converters
Abstract:Dynamics are playing an increasingly important role in many engineering domains as these systems become more active and autonomous. Designing a dynamic engineering system can be challenging. In this thesis, both the problem formulation and solution methods will be discussed for designing a dynamic engineering system. A case is made for the inclusion of both the physical and control system design into a single design formulation. A particular class of numerical methods known as direct transcription is identified as promising solution method. These principles are then demonstrated on the design of a wave energy converter, a device that captures energy present in ocean waves. This system is of particular interest since a successful design hinges on exploiting the natural dynamics of the interaction between the ocean waves and the physical wave energy converter. A number of numerical studies are presented that identify both novel and previously observed strategies for the maximizing energy production of a ocean wave energy converter.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Daniel Ronald Herber
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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