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CFD Simulations of a Semi-Submersible With Absorbing Boundary Conditions

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Peter R. Wellens

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Roel Luppes, Arthur E. P. Veldman

University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Mart J. A. Borsboom

Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2009-79342, pp. 385-394; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4345-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The CFD tool ComFLOW is suitable for simulations of two-phase flows in offshore applications. ComFLOW solves the Navier-Stokes equations in both water and (compressible) air. The water surface is advected through a Volume-of-Fluid method, with a height-function approach for improved accuracy. By employing Absorbing Boundary Conditions (ABC), boundaries can be located relatively close to an object, without influencing outgoing waves or generating numerical reflections that affect the waves inside the flow domain. Traditionally, boundaries are located far from the obstacle to avoid reflections; even when numerical damping zones are used. Hence, with the ABC approach less grid points are required for the same accuracy, which reduces the computing time considerably. Simulations of a semi-submersible model are compared to measurements. The overall agreement is reasonably good, for a wide range of wave conditions. The ABC performs well; numerical reflections are almost absent. Moreover, computing times reduce with a factor four compared to damping zone techniques.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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