Within the linear theory framework, smooth optimal control for maximum energy conversion in irregular waves requires independent synthesis of two non-causal impulse response functions operating on the body oscillations near the free surface, and one non-causal impulse response function relating the exciting force to the incident wave profile at the body. Full cancellation of reactive forces and matching of radiation damping thus requires knowledge or estimation of device velocity into the future. As suggested in the literature, the control force can be synthesized in long-crested waves by suitably combining the ‘full’ impulse response functions with wave surface elevation information at an appropriately determined distance up-wave of the device. This paper applies the near-optimal control approach investigated earlier by one of the authors (Korde, UA, Applied Ocean Research, to appear) to small floating cylindrical buoys. Absorbed power performance is compared with two other cases, (i) when single-frequency tuning is used based on non-real time adjustment of the reactive and resistive loads to maximize conversion at the spectral peak frequency, and (ii) when no control is applied with damping set to a constant value. Time domain absorbed power results are discussed.

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