NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF NONLINEAR DIFFRACTION WAVE LOADS ON A SUSPENDED CYLINDER

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5821/mt.10864

Keywords:

Suspended cylinder, CFD, OpenFOAM, Nonlinear diffraction wave loads

Abstract

Floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) interact with waves in complex sea conditions, in
particular wave-induced nonlinear diffraction wave loads can excite the resonant response of
FOWTs in the low frequency range. In this paper, a fixed rigid suspended cylinder (considered
a simplification of the support columns of a complex structure) is analyzed for nonlinear wave
loads under regular waves using OpenFOAM, an open-source Computational fluid dynamics
(CFD) software, to obtain nonlinear hydrodynamic load characteristics of a simple structure
in regular waves. Results are compared with experimental and potential flow analysis with the
CFD model yielding better estimates of first, second and third order wave diffraction loads

than the engineering model using potential flow theory. Engineering models based on second-
order potential flow theory are not effective in predicting the second and third order wave

diffraction loads.

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2022-06-21

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