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Wave-Master Systems Ltd have obtained patent protection for the core technology of the Wave-Master wave generating modules. They also have accumulated a comprehensive body of knowledge through several years of work in scale model systems.
Not being an engineeing company, they recognise that it will be essential to enter into a partnership with an engineering company in order to:
If you feel that you might be that partner, we would love to hear from you and to invite your quotation against the Requirement Specification.
The Wave-Master™ Module Requirement Specification describes the function and general design of a full-scale Wave-Master wave-generating module. At this time, only scale models have been built and tested but this specification represents the best design information that has been obtained from several years of research and also embodies the novel features described in the Patent Specification.
Although fully scaleable for waves of any size, the Module in this specification is designed to generate waves of amplitude 1.5 metres above the mean water level. For waves of this size, the pool water depth at the Module should be at least 3 metres in order to generate smooth laminar-flow waves that do not break until they reach a shallower water depth.
Essentially, the Module comprises a chassis that is immersed in water to a depth of three metres. It has two sides (of the order of 5 metres square), a base, and two open ends. One open end forms a resonant chamber with the surrounding concrete structure. The other, wave-emitting end is protected by a slatted grill for safety reasons.
A polymer (e.b. GRP) Piston is suspended so as to move to and fro within the chassis by means of a pantograph mechanism that ensures low friction movement in a horizontal plane. It should be a close fit to the base and sides of the chassis and be of sufficient height to prevent overtopping by the waves. Starting from the grill end, its maximum horizontal displacement should be 3 metres.
The piston shall be driven horizontally by a servo-controlled motor so that the piston executes a defined Time vs Displacement profile. The motor may be mounted above the chassis, or as convenient. In a practical wave pool situation, an array of (for example) 20 modules would be mounted in the pool, side by side and staggered so that the combined wave-front would be almost 50 metres wide.
One of the beneficial features of this type of wave pool is the enhanced Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) inherent in having multiple wave generators. If a single module should fail, operation with only one module disabled would be acceptable. It should however be expedient to rapidly remove that module and replace it with a spare unit. The design should facilitate this feature with a minimum downtime.
Technical Videos - How to Make Waves
Part 1 - The Basics - how should we go about creating waves for surfing? This video, Part 1 of the series, shows how a piston wave generator can be designed to create large powerful waves with a high power efficiency
Part 2 - The Energy in a Wave - we consider how much energy there is in an unbroken surfing wave, and how much energy will it take to generate waves of a certain size and frequency. This is essential viewing for anyone considering creating a successful surfing pool.
Part 3 - Designing a Practical Wave Pool - how should we go about creating waves for surfing? This video shows how we can configure the Wave-Master modules to create wide and powerful surfing waves with a high power efficiency