The meshless method called Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) is here proposed to simulate floating Oscillating Water Column (OWC) Wave Energy Converters (WECs). The SPH-based DualSPHysics code is coupled with MoorDyn, an open-source dynamic mooring line model. The coupled model is first validated using laboratory tests of a floating solid box moored to the wave flume bottom using four mooring lines interacting with regular waves. The numerical free-surface elevation at different locations, the motions of the floating solid box (heave, surge and pitch) and the tensions in the mooring lines are compared with the experimental data. Secondly, the coupled model is employed to simulate a floating OWC WEC moored to the sea bottom, while numerical results are also validated using data from physical modelling. The numerical results are promising to simulate floating OWC WECs. However, some discrepancies are noticed since the simulations presented in this work only consider a single-phase (water) so the full OWC WEC behaviour is only partially reproduced. Nevertheless, considering the aforementioned limitations, DualSPHysics can be used at this stage as complementary tool to physical modelling for a preliminary design of floating wave energy converters.

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