WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) is an open-source wave energy converter 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).
Developers and Contributors¶
- Yi-Hsiang Yu (NREL - PI)
- Kelley Ruehl (Sandia - PI)
- Michael Lawson (NREL)
- Carlos Michelen (Virginia Tech)
- Jennifer Van Rij (NREL)
- Nathan Tom (NREL)
- Ratanak So (Oregon State University)
- Matt Hall (University of Prince Edward Island)
- Adam Nelessen (Georgia Tech)
- Sam Kanner (University of California at Berkeley)
- Chris McComb (Carnegie Mellon University)
The WEC-Sim project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office. WEC-Sim code development is a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia).
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. under contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308.
Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.