Date of Award

Summer 8-18-2023

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering


Richard W Kimball

Second Committee Member

Lauren Ross

Third Committee Member

Andrew Goupee


The successful development and optimization of wave energy converters (WECs) are pivotal to the pursuit of sustainable and renewable energy sources. This thesis explores the elements in a workflow that develops and demonstrates the protocols for the optimization of WECs using a rapid design\build\test procedure. This thesis establishes the characterization of scaled ocean test sites, develops the performance metrics, generates the performance modeling techniques to predict the optimum design geometries which will be produced for final testing, and finally, establishes the basin test plan which will be used to conduct the testing on the optimum design. The findings of this research provide insights into WEC behavior and performance evaluation. By standardizing metrics and honing modeling and testing procedures, this thesis contributes to the wider adoption of wave energy as a viable and sustainable source of power. Harnessing the potential of wave energy though this workflow will help positively shape our energy future.