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Model-Scale and Full-Scale CFD Calculations for Current Loads on Semi-Submersible

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Arjen Koop

MARIN, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Alexei Bereznitski

Huisman Equipment BV, Schiedam, the Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2011-49204, pp. 147-157; 11 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 7: CFD and VIV; Offshore Geotechnics
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4439-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In this paper results of CFD calculations with the MARIN in-house code ReFRESCO are presented for the JBF-14000 Semi-Submersible designed by Huisman Equipment BV. The objective of the CFD calculations is to investigate the applicability, the costs and the accuracy of CFD to obtain the current coefficients of a semi-submersible for all headings. Furthermore, full scale CFD calculations are carried out to investigate possible scale effects on the current coefficients. An extensive verification study has been carried for the model-scale current loads on a semi-submersible using 10 different grids of different grid type for 3 different headings, i.e. 180, 150 and 90 degrees. These headings represent the main different flow regions around the semi-submersible. The CFD results are compared with the results from wind tunnel experiments and tests in the Offshore Basin for a range of current headings. The results for the force coefficients are not very dependent on grid resolution and grid type. The largest differences found are less than 10% and these are obtained for CX results for 180 degrees. For the results obtained on the same grid type the results change less than 4% when the grid is refined. These verification results give good confidence in the CFD results. For the angles with larger forces, i.e. the range [180:130] for CX and the range [150:90] for CY the CFD results are within 12% or better from the experiments. Full-scale force coefficients are calculated using 5 subsequently refined grids for three different headings, i.e. 180, 150 and 90 degrees. Scale effects should only be determined when the effect of grid refining is investigated. The trend of the force coefficients when refining the grid, can be different for model-scale and full-scale. The use of coarse grids can lead to misleading conclusions. On average the full-scale values are approximately 15–20% lower than for model-scale. However, larger differences for a number of angles do exist.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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