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CFD Calculations of Wave-in-Deck Load on a Jacket Platform: Impact Pressure Decrease due to Air Pocket Formation

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Rik Wemmenhove, Marc Lefranc

FORCE Technology Norway AS, Sandvika, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2011-49515, pp. 405-412; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4433-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The industrial problem of a jacket platform subjected to Wave-In-Deck load due to an extreme wave is studied numerically by a CFD technique. In particular, details of local flow and slamming-like hydrodynamic impact on structural members are studied. The applied CFD code ComFLOW is a Navier-Stokes equation solver with an improved Volume of Fluid (iVOF) method employed to displace and re-construct fluids free surface. Two different fluid models, single-phase (liquid+void) and two-phase (liquid+compressible gas) can be used, the latter model being capable of simulating gas entrapped in liquid. Local air pockets are formed in corners and nooks of the structure as the incoming wave front approaches. The study presents a comparison of hydrodynamic impact pressures found with and without the air entrapment. Numerical realisation of the two-phase model is considerably more expensive computationally and the study shows possibility and various aspects of its simulation. Accuracy of the numerical solution and relevance of the air pocket formation on the impact pressures and therefore on the exerted structural load are discussed.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Pressure , Stress , Waves



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