We consider a flap-gate farm, i.e. a series of P arrays, each made by Q neighboring flap gates, in an infinitely long channel. We show that there are P × (Q − 1) natural modes and determine their eigenfrequencies and modal forms. When the distance between the arrays goes to infinity the eigenfrequencies converge to the Q − 1 values given by Li and Mei . For an ad-hoc combination of channel geometry and flap gate characteristics, modal excitation can give significantly larger response than for the case of a single or a sparse gate system. This aspect is relevant for the design of an optimal gate farm wave energy converter
The authors wish to thank Giorgio Bellotti and Ali Abdolali of Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre for fruitful discussions.
- Flap gate energy
- Wave-body interaction