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CFD Simulation of Wave Run-Up on a Semi-Submersible and Comparison With Experiment

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Bogdan Iwanowski, Marc Lefranc, Rik Wemmenhove

FORCE Technology Norway AS, Sandvika, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2009-79052, pp. 19-29; 11 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4341-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Use of CFD tools for industrial offshore applications is a common practice nowadays. So is the need for validation of such tools against experimental results. This paper presents one of the CFD tools, ComFLOW, which solves Navier-Stokes equations and employs an improved Volume of Fluid (iVOF) method to find temporary location of fluid’s free surface. The code is used to simulate flow around a semi-submersible offshore platform due to an incoming regular wave. In particular, wave run-up on the semi’s columns and under-deck fluid impact phenomena are investigated on high-accuracy computational grids with number of cells being in range of 10 millions. Results of numerical simulations are compared with experimental data and focus is on local fluid flow details in immediate vicinity of the platform. Wave run-up on the platform’s columns and fluid pressures at various locations, including under-deck impact, are reported and verified against the experiment for a range of incoming wave heights.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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