A generalized numerical method for solution of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in three-dimensions has been developed. This solution methodology allows for the accurate prediction of the hydrodynamic loads on offshore structures, which is then combined with a rigid body structural response to address the flow-structure coupling which is often present in offshore applications. Validation results using this method are first presented for fixed structures which compare the drag coefficients of sphere and cylinder geometries to experimental measurements over a range of subcritical Reynolds numbers. Additional fixed structure results are then presented which explore the influence of aspect ratio effects on the lift and drag coefficients of a bare circular cylinder. Finally, the spanwise flow variations between a fixed and freely vibrating cylindrical structure are compared to demonstrate the ability of the flow-structure method to correctly predict correlation length increases for a vibrating structure. [S0892-7219(00)00904-3]
Three-Dimensional Numerical Prediction of the Hydrodynamic Loads and Motions of Offshore Structures
Contributed by the OMAE Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF OFFSHORE MECHANICS AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the OMAE Division, November 20, 1999; revised manuscript received July 5, 2000. Associate Technical Editor: K. Thiagarajan.
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Schulz , K. W., and Kallinderis, Y. (July 5, 2000). "Three-Dimensional Numerical Prediction of the Hydrodynamic Loads and Motions of Offshore Structures ." ASME. J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng. November 2000; 122(4): 294–300. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1320440
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