Pelamis Wave Power Delivers Ocean Energy Generators with Realistic Simulation Solutions from Dassault Systemes’ SIMULIA Brand
Abaqus Unified FEA from SIMULIA Evaluates the Precision and Reliability of Wave Power Converters for Clean, Renewable Energy
Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA, November 14, 2007 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Pelamis Wave Power Ltd (PWP), creators of an innovative wave energy converter, is performing rapid design evaluation and optimization of its power generators with Abaqus Unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA.
To generate electric power, Pelamis Wave Energy Converters (PWEC) are linked together into a “wave farm” on the ocean’s surface. Hydraulic rams resist the motion of the waves and pump hydraulic fluid through electricity-producing generators. A wave farm of 40 Pelamis machines, covering a square kilometer of ocean surface, is capable of generating electric power for 20,000 homes.
“The PWEC is an extremely innovative machine for harnessing the ocean’s energy,” stated Jon Benzie, senior engineer at PWP. “Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA is, by far, the best solution available to accelerate the evaluation and optimization of our product’s performance. It is a vital part of our development program as it enables us to perform highly focused, realistic performance studies on the sub-parts of our machines for stress, contact, and fatigue.”
“We are extremely pleased that our realistic simulation solutions are enabling the efficient development of clean, renewable energy,” stated Ken Short, vice president, SIMULIA strategy and marketing. “Abaqus Unified FEA provides robust real-world analysis capabilities that help innovative companies such as Pelamis Wave Power to create completely new products, while meeting the highest standards of safety, quality, and performance.”
Pelamis Wave Power uses Abaqus FEA software for initial concept analysis, general design work, and detailed functional analysis of its Wave Energy Converters. Their engineers leverage the software’s extensive material modeling capabilities and incorporate data from hydraulic systems tests, electrical layouts and production assembly requirements, to make their Wave Energy Converters efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound.