Locally-refined free-surface flow simulations for moored and floating offshore platforms

AEP Veldman, R Luppes, P van der Plas, HJL van der Heiden, H. Seubers, Bulent Duz, Rene Huijsmans, J. Helder, T Bunnik

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The simulation of free-surface flow around moored or floating objects faces a series of challenges concerning the flow modelling and the numerical solution method. During the development of the ComFLOW simulation method many of these challenges have been tackled, as there are wave propagation, absorbing boundary conditions, turbulence modeling, fluid-solid body interaction and numerical efficiency. Several of these challenges will be discussed in the paper. To demonstrate the current capabilities of ComFLOW, a number of simulation results for engineering applications from the offshore industry will be presented. Examples are wave impact against a semi-submersible offshore platform, an oscillating buoy, and a free-fall life boat dropping into wavy water. For these applications, MARIN has carried out several validation experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Subtitle of host publicationISOPE 2016
EditorsA.M. Wang, J.S. Chung, T. Kokkins, M. Muskulus
PublisherInternational Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)
ISBN (Print)978-1-880653-88-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 26 Jun 20162 Jul 2016
Conference number: 26


Conference26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleISOPE


  • Extreme waves
  • fluid-solid body interaction
  • CFD
  • local grid refinement
  • experimental validation


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