Wave energy converters of the wave activated body class are designed to have large amplitudes of motion, even in moderate sea states, because their efficiency is directly related with the amplitude of their motion. Hence, classical seakeeping numerical tools based on linear potential theory, which are widely used in the design process of offshore structures, are not accurate enough in the case of wave energy conversion. So, large differences between numerical predictions and wave tank experiments are often observed. On the other hand, the use of CFD models theoretically able to provide more accurate results is still difficult for wave energy applications, mainly because this requires a huge computation time. Moreover, it is well known that viscous solver have difficulties in propagatating gravity waves accurately. In this paper, we assess the potential of two advanced hydro-dynamic numerical models in the numerical modelling of wave energy converters. These numerical models are expected to provide more accurate results than classical linear theory based numerical models and faster results than CFD models. Particularly, these tools are expected to be able to deal efficiently with large motions of wave energy converters. In the first one, the hydrostatic forces and the Froude-Krylov forces are computed on the exact wetted surface of the wave energy converter, whereas radiation and diffraction forces are computed using the standard linear potential theory. Using this model, it is shown that we were able to predict the parametric roll phenomenon in the case of the SEAREV wave energy converter. In the second one, a Navier Stokes solver, based on RANS equations, is used. Comparisons are made with experiments and it is showed that this tool is able to model quite accurately viscous effects such as slamming. However, computation time is found to be long with this last tool.

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