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Time Domain Assessment of Nonlinear Coupled Ship Motions and Sloshing in Free Surface Tanks

[+] Author Affiliations
Jose Luis Cercos-Pita, Antonio Souto-Iglesias

Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

Gabriele Bulian

University Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Paper No. OMAE2015-42048, pp. V001T01A039; 11 pages
  • ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Offshore Geotechnics
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31–June 5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5647-5
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Ships at sea almost invariably carry liquids onboard, and liquids are contained in appropriate tanks. Being able to take into account the effects of liquids onboard when predicting ship motions is, therefore, of utmost importance for the safe operation of a vessel. In certain conditions, such predictions also require taking into account nonlinearities in both ship motions and in the internal flow, and linear approaches are not sufficient. Within this context, the present paper describes a simulation approach where a blended 6-DOF nonlinear ship motions prediction solver handling the external fluid-ship interaction, is coupled with a Smoothed-Particle-Hydrodynamics (SPH) solver for simulating the internal flow tank dynamics. The solvers are described and an example application is reported.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Ships , Sloshing



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