Henry Pham Rose Hills
Renewable Energy in Fluid Mechanics
Recorded in literature, it has been observed that mud banks can dampen overpassing waves, absorbing the energy stored in the waves. In the Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, team members have built an artificial seabed carpet coupled with dampers and springs acting vertically at various locations on the carpet to mimic the effect of a muddy seafloor. I will be investigating methods to optimize the parameters of the carpet which include designing a power take off system, spring stiffness and damping coefficient of the carpet as well as many other intrinsic properties of the carpet. These all have to be optimized for an efficient wave energy conversion. I will also review the progress of ocean wave energy conversion in the United States in the past decade. The advantages of harnessing ocean wave energy are its energy density, predictability, and environmentally friendly nature, which means little to no pollution.