In the wave energy industry, there is a need for open source numerical codes and publicly available experimental data, both of which are being addressed through the development of WEC-Sim by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). WEC-Sim is an open source code used to model wave energy converters (WECs) when subject to incident waves. In order for the WEC-Sim code to be useful, code verification and physical model validation is necessary. This paper describes the wave tank testing for the 1:33 scale experiments of a Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter (FOSWEC). The WEC-Sim experimental data set will help to advance the wave energy converter industry by providing a free, high-quality data set for researchers and developers. This paper describes the WEC-Sim open source wave energy converter simulation tool, experimental validation plan, and presents preliminary experimental results from the FOSWEC Phase 1 testing.

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