When there is a two to one internal resonance ratio between the natural frequencies of the pitch motion and the roll motion of a ship, a nonlinear energy transfer occurs between the modes. If the ship is excited near the pitch natural frequency and at a large enough excitation amplitude, the pitch mode transfers energy to the roll mode. We use this interesting phenomenon to develop a wave power device for off-shore purposes. In this paper, we experimentally show that we can use a horizontal pendulum and use the quadratic nonlinear coupling between the pitch and the roll mode to get full rotation of the pendulum inside the ship. A rotating pendulum will generate orders of magnitude more power than a locally oscillating one when connected to a DC generator. This article measures the angle of the pendulum at the pitch frequency excitation of the ship to experimentally confirm the expected theoretical results on this phenomenon.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.