A Coupled VOF-Eulerian Multiphase CFD Model to Simulate Breaking Wave Impacts on Offshore Structures

Pietro Tomaselli, Erik Damgaard Christensen

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Abstract

Breaking wave-induced loads on offshore structures can be extremely severe. The air entrainment mechanism during the breaking process plays a not well-known role in the exerted forces. This paper present a CFD solver, developed in the Open-FOAM environment, capable of simulating the wave breaking-induced air entrainment. Firstly the model was validated against a bubble column flow. Then it was employed to compute the in-line force exerted by a spilling breaking wave on a vertical cylinder in a 3D domain at a laboratory scale. Results showed that the entrained bubbles affected the magnitude of the force partially. Further analyses on the interaction of the bubble plume with the flow around the cylinder are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2016)
Number of pages10
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2016
Article numberOMAE2016-54876
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-4993-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventASME 2016 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2016) - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Conference

ConferenceASME 2016 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2016)
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityBusan
Period19/06/201624/06/2016

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Tomaselli, P., & Christensen, E. D. (2016). A Coupled VOF-Eulerian Multiphase CFD Model to Simulate Breaking Wave Impacts on Offshore Structures. In Proceedings of the ASME 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2016) [OMAE2016-54876] American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2016-54876