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Wave-In-Deck Load on a Jacket Platform, CFD-Derived Pressures and Non-Linear Structural Response

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Bogdan Iwanowski, Rune Gladso̸, Marc Lefranc

FORCE Technology Norway AS, Sandvika, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2009-79053, pp. 31-40; 10 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


The paper presents an industrial application of CFD and non-linear structural response codes in offshore technology. A Wave-In-Deck load due to an extreme wave, acting on a jacket platform, is studied numerically. Particular attention is given to details of local flow and local non-linear dynamical response of the structure. A very detailed FEM model of the platform deck structure, composed of shell elements, is embedded into a non body-conforming CFD grid of computational cells. The applied CFD code is a Navier-Stokes equation solver with an improved Volume of Fluid (iVOF) method employed to displace and re-construct fluid’s free surface and uses a simple, Cartesian grid. The two computational grids, FEM and CFD, are independent. The challenge of a direct mapping of CFD-derived fluid pressures onto structural FEM shell elements is addressed. Then the non-linear dynamical response of the structure is found in time domain. The employed CFD code is ComFLOW while the FEM part is handled by the well-known commercial program LS-DYNA. The composed approach utilizes both robustness of VOF-based methods in tracking of the fluid’s free surface and reliability of FEM structural codes such as LS-DYNA.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Stress , Waves



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