Towards a pragmatic method for prediction of whipping: Wedge impact simulations using OpenFOAM

Neil R. Southall, Yongwon Lee, Michael C. Johnson, Spyros E. Hirdaris, Nigel J. White

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This paper presents an approach for the prediction of impact loads using the open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code OpenFOAM. Computational results displaying the time history of impact pressures and forces for drop tests of two dimensional wedges for 20 degree and 30 degree dead rise angles and varying tilt angles are compared against experimental results from WILS JIP-III. An incompressible Volume of Fluid (VOF) computational scheme is used to capture the free surface effects. The key numerical idealisation factors of the method employed are identified and the steps taken to overcome those are described. Preliminary results using a compressible flow solver are also presented and initial investigations into the sensitivity of the results to mesh density and domain size are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE Busan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781880653913
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 15 Jun 201420 Jun 2014
Conference number: 24

Publication series

Name The proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)1098-6189
ISSN (Electronic)1555-1792


ConferenceInternational Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleISOPE
CountryKorea, Republic of


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • OpenFOAM
  • Slamming
  • Volume of Fluid (VOF) method

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