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Efficient Computations of Fully-Nonlinear Wave Interactions With Floating Structures

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Hongmei Yan, Yuming Liu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. OMAE2010-20412, pp. 645-655; 11 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4911-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We consider the problem of fully nonlinear three-dimensional wave interactions with floating bodies with or without a forward speed. A highly efficient time-domain computational method is developed in the context of potential flow formulation using the pre-corrected Fast Fourier Transform (PFFT) algorithm based on a high-order boundary element method. The method reduces the computational effort in solving the boundary-value problem at each time step to O(NlnN) from O(N2∼3 ) of the classical boundary element methods, where N is the total number of unknowns. The high efficiency of this method allows accurate computations of fully-nonlinear hydrodynamic loads, wave runups, and motions of surface vessels and marine structures in rough seas. We apply this method to study the hydrodynamics of floating objects with a focus on the understanding of fully nonlinear effects in the presence of extreme waves and large-amplitude body motions.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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