A blind comparative study of focused wave interactions with floating structures: (CCP-WSI Blind Test Series 3)

Edward Ransley, Shiqiang Yan, Scott Brown, Martyn Hann, Christian Windt, Pal Schmitt, Josh Davidson, Pierre Henri Musiedlak, Jinghua Wang, Junxian Wang, Qingwei Ma, Zhihua Xie, Ningbo Zhang, Xing Zheng, Giuseppe Giorgi, Hao Chen, Zaibin Lin, Ling Qian, Zhihua Ma, Wei BaiGuo-Qiang Chen, Jun Zang, Haoyu Ding, Lin Cheng, Jinhai Zheng, Hanbin Gu, Xiwu Gong, Zhenghao Liu, Harry B. Bingham, Deborah Greaves

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Results from the Collaborative Computational Project in Wave Structure Interaction (CCP-WSI) Blind Test Series 3 are presented. Participants, with numerical methods, ranging from low-fidelity linear models to high-fidelity Navier-Stokes (NS) solvers, simulate the interaction between focused waves and floating structures without prior access to the physical data. The waves are crest-focused NewWaves with various crest heights. Two structures are considered: a hemispherical-bottomed buoy and a truncated cylinder with a moon-pool; both are taut-moored with one linear spring mooring. To assess the predictive capability of each method, numerical results for heave, surge, pitch and mooring load are compared against corresponding physical data. In general, the NS solvers appear to predict the behaviour of the structures better than the linearised methods but there is considerable variation in the results (even between similar methods). Recommendations are made for future comparative studies and development of numerical modelling standards.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-10
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Code comparison
  • Numerical validation
  • CFD
  • PIC
  • Linear potential theory
  • Nonlinear Froude-Krylov
  • Hybrid codes
  • Cylinder
  • Moonpool
  • Wave energy convertor
  • Heave
  • Surge
  • Pitch
  • Mooring load

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Ransley, E., Yan, S., Brown, S., Hann, M., Windt, C., Schmitt, P., Davidson, J., Musiedlak, P. H., Wang, J., Wang, J., Ma, Q., Xie, Z., Zhang, N., Zheng, X., Giorgi, G., Chen, H., Lin, Z., Qian, L., Ma, Z., ... Greaves, D. (2020). A blind comparative study of focused wave interactions with floating structures: (CCP-WSI Blind Test Series 3). International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, 30(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.17736/ijope.2020.jc774