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Characteristics of Current Generation System in Deepwater Offshore Basin

[+] Author Affiliations
Lu Haining, Yang Jianmin, Peng Tao

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Paper No. OMAE2006-92140, pp. 115-120; 6 pages
  • 25th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Offshore Wind Energy; Ocean Research Technology; LNG Specialty Symposium
  • Hamburg, Germany, June 4–9, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4746-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3777-7
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The current generation system in deepwater offshore basin is important for the correct modeling of ocean environment. It is generally considered to be a challenge to obtain uniform and stable current flow in the basin. As technical assurance numerical and experimental studies are performed to investigate the characteristics of the deepwater current generation in the basin. Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations and the standard k-ε turbulence model are adopted to simulate the current generation system numerically. In addition a 1:10 scaled model test is also performed. In both numerical and experimental studies horizontal and vertical current velocity profiles, turbulence levels and pressure losses during the current recirculation etc. are studied. It is concluded that the perforated walls are key components of the current generation system. In addition various vertical current velocity profiles can be realized in the basin.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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