This study demonstrates a systematic methodology for establishing the design loads of a wave energy converter. The proposed design load methodology incorporates existing design guidelines, where they exist, and follows a typical design progression; namely, advancing from many, quick, order-of-magnitude accurate, conceptual stage design computations to a few, computationally intensive, high-fidelity, design validation simulations. The goal of the study is to streamline and document this process based on quantitative evaluations of the design loads’ accuracy at each design step and consideration for the computational efficiency of the entire design process. For the wave energy converter, loads, and site conditions considered, this study demonstrates an efficient and accurate methodology of evaluating the design loads.

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