This paper describes scale effects and influence of configurations of oscillating water column type wave energy converters from model tests and theoretical calculations. Many researches regarding wave energy converters (WECs) have been conducted. The behavior of an oscillating water column of an OWC type WEC is complicated because of including wave-air-turbine interaction, and thus several issues remain. One of the issues is that influence of difference in scale between small scale experimental models and full scale models is unclear. It is important to understand its characteristics accurately to improve design technologies for such as complicated systems. In this study, we carried out forced oscillation tests using multiple scales and shapes of OWC models in still water, and measured the pressure inside the air chamber and the internal mean water level with a multi-line wave probe. The experimental models used have a box like air chamber or manifold type air chamber, and which scales were 1/1, 1/2 and 1/4.The difference of the two air chambers is an orifice or a duct to be inlet-outlet of air. As a result, the difference in scale and configuration of the air chamber affected the characteristics of the air chamber. In addition, as a result of numerical calculation using the linear potential theory and comparison with experimental results, the experimental results could be reproduced by numerical calculation. Besides, we could discuss the effects and the influences of the air chamber basically.

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