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Wedge-Shaped Shell Structure Impacting a Water Surface

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Adrian Constantinescu, Ion Fuiorea

ATM, Bucarest, Romania

Volker Bertram, Alain Neme

ENSIETA/MSN, Brest, France

Paper No. PVP2005-71186, pp. 55-62; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 4: Fluid Structure Interaction
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4189-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents a study of fluid structure interaction during the impact of a ship on a water surface. The analysis combines the assumption of small displacements for the ideal fluid and the solid with an asymptotic formulation for accurate pressure evaluation on the wet surface boundary. A fluid-heat analogy is used to obtain the regular displacement, velocity and pressure fields in the fluid domain with ABAQUS/Standard finite element code. PYTHON and FORTRAN languages are also employed to connect fluid and structure data. Two methods are developed. The first method employs a weak fluid-structure coupling. The average discrepancy between our numerical results and experiments was 22% for the peak pressures for conical shell structures. The wet surface velocity was well predicted. The second method (implicit fluid-structure coupling using a convergence criterion) is more accurate. Recent results with an improved, numerical hydrodynamic model based on CFD are also presented.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Shells , Water , Wedges



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