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Alex de Klerk

Field Engineer II






B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2010


2000-present and while at APL-UW

Biofouling effects on the response of a wave measurement buoy in deep water

Thomson, J., J. Talbert, A. de Klerk, A. Brown, M. Schwendeman, J. Goldsmith, J. Thomas, C. Olfe, G. Cameron, and C. Meinig, "Biofouling effects on the response of a wave measurement buoy in deep water," J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 32, 1281-1286, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0029.1, 2015.

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1 Jun 2015

The effects of biofouling on a wave measurement buoy are examined using concurrent data collected with two Datawell Waveriders at Ocean Station P: one heavily biofouled at the end of a 26-month deployment, the other newly deployed and clean. The effects are limited to the high-frequency response of the buoy and are correctly diagnosed with the spectral "check factors" that compare horizontal and vertical displacements. A simple prediction for the progressive change in frequency response during biofouling reproduces the check factors over time. The bulk statistical parameters of significant wave height, peak period, average period, and peak direction are only slightly affected by the biofouling because the contaminated frequencies have very low energy throughout the comparison dataset.

Low-cost ultility-scale wave energy enabled by magnetostriction

Nair, B., R. Shendure, J. Nachlas, A. Gill, Z. Murphree, J. Campbell, V. Challa, J. Thomson, J. Talbert, A. De Klerk, and C. Rusch, "Low-cost ultility-scale wave energy enabled by magnetostriction," Proc., 1st Marine Energy Technology Symposium, METS13, 10-11 April, Washington, D.C., 2013.

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10 Apr 2013

Oscilla Power, Inc. (OPI) is developing a patented magnetostrictive wave energy harvester (MWEH) that could enable the disruptively low-cost production of grid-scale electricity from ocean waves, a large-scale resource that is more predictable and more proximal to demand growth than solar or wind. Designed to operate cost-effectively across a wide range of wave conditions, the MWEH will be the first use of reverse magnetostriction for large-scale energy production.

Tidal turbulence spectra from a compliant mooring

Thomson, J., L. Kilcher, M. Richmond, J. Talbert, A. deKlerk, B. Polagye, M. Guerra, and R. Cienfuegos, "Tidal turbulence spectra from a compliant mooring," Proc., 1st Marine Energy Technology Symposium, METS2013, 10-11 April, Washington, D.C., 2013.

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10 Apr 2013

A compliant mooring to collect high frequency turbulence data at a tidal energy site is evaluated in a series of short demonstration deployments. The Tidal Turbulence Mooring (TTM) improves upon recent bottom-mounted approaches by suspending Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (ADVs) at mid-water depths (which are more relevant to tidal turbines). The ADV turbulence data are superior to Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) data, but are subject to motion contamination when suspended on a mooring in strong currents. In this demonstration, passive stabilization is shown to be sufficient for acquiring bulk statistics of the turbulence, without motion correction. With motion correction (post-processing), data quality is further improved. Results from two field sites are compared, and the differences are attributed to the generation of large eddies by headlands and sills.


SWIFT: Surface Wave Instrument Float with Tracking

Record of Invention Number: 46566

Jim Thomson, Alex De Klerk, Joe Talbert


24 Jun 2013

Heave Place Mooring for Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) via Tension Changes

Record of Invention Number: 46558

Jim Thomson, Alex De Klerk, Joe Talbert


19 Jun 2013

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center