Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Cigdem Akan

Second Advisor

Dr. Don Resio

Rights Statement

Third Advisor

Dr. Brian Kopp

Department Chair

Dr. Osama Jadaan

College Dean

Dr. William F. Klostermeyer


As the energy demand increases and climate change becomes a major problem, the solution to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change involves increasing the use of sustainable and renewable sources to generate electricity. However, developed renewable sources have inconveniences that make them incapable of generating the totality of the electricity that a country demands. Wave energy is an alternative renewable energy source that can help mitigate the inconveniences of other renewable sources and decrease the emission of greenhouse gases.

This study aims to find the potential of linear generators in wave energy by analyzing the output based on different wave conditions. The study uses a numerical simulation verified by experimental data to optimize the output of the linear generator. Based on the current results, it can be stated that adding magnets increases the output, and that the maximum output greatly varies based on the coil configuration. The main external factor that improves the output is a short wave period.