This paper aims to investigate the nonlinear motion characteristics of a monocolumn type floater with skirts numerically and experimentally. Wave calibration, free decay, and regular wave tests were simulated using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code OpenFOAM.
The experiments were carried out in a wave tank to validate the CFD results. First, wave calibration tests were performed to investigate wave generation, development, propagation, and absorption in the numerical wave tank. Second, the simulation input parameters were calibrated to reproduce the waves generated in the tank experiment. Third, free decay tests of heave and pitch were conducted to examine the natural period and the linear and quadratic damping of the floater.
A verification and validation study was performed using experimental data for free decay tests. Finally, regular wave tests were performed to investigate the motion characteristics of the floater. The results were processed to obtain the response amplitude operator (RAO) for the heave and pitch motions. The RAOs of the floater was compared with the experimental data and numerical simulations based on the linear potential theory code WAMIT to investigate the performance of the CFD simulations.
The comparisons made in this work showed the potential of the CFD method to reproduce the motion characteristics of a shallow-draft floating object with a skirt in waves and to visualize the nonlinear phenomena behind the oscillation of the floating object.
CFD; floater; nonlinear response; flow separation; fluid field
Masaki Katafuchi 1, Hideyuki Suzuki 1, Yuya Higuchi 1, Hidetaka Houtani 1, Edgard B. Malta 2 and Rodolfo T. Gonçalves 1,*
1 OSPL-Ocean Space Planning Laboratory, Department of Systems Innovation, The University of Tokyo,
Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
2 Technomar Engenharia Oceânica, São Paulo 05419-905, Brazil
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