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In this paper, a two-phase flow model is presented for simulating breaking wave impact on a rigid wall. The model is based on the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations with the k-ω turbulence model and developed under the framework of the open source CFD library - OpenFOAM. The governing equations are discretized by using the finite volume method and the air-water interface is captured by employing the volume of fluids (VOF) technique. With suitable predefined initial condition, three different types of wave impact on a vertical wall have been generated successfully. Following that, the pressure distribution and velocity field for air pocket impact are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th (2014) Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium, PACOMS 2014
PublisherInternational Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781880653906
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th (2014) Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium, PACOMS 2014 - Shanghai, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Oct 201416 Oct 2014


Conference11th (2014) Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium, PACOMS 2014
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


  • Breaking wave
  • OpenFOAM
  • Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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