Using the rasinterfoam CFD model for wave transformation and coastal modeling

Gerald C.J. Morgan, Jun Zang, Deborah Greaves, Andrew Heath, Chris D. Whitlow, John R. Young

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The CFD model, rasInterFoam, part of the OpenFOAM library for continuum mechanics, is used to reproduce experimental results for the propagation of monochromatic waves over a submerged bar. The model is shown to reproduce the experimental results very well on the front face and top of the bar, and give adequate results on the back face, even on extremely coarse meshes. Sensitivity analyses are presented for the model results, investigating the dependence on mesh density and discretisation scheme of the model. The modeling of the wave transformations in the model is shown to be broadly insensitive to these parameters within the ranges tested.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberwaves.23
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2011
Event32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Jun 20105 Jul 2010


  • CFD
  • Coastal Modeling
  • OpenFOAM
  • RasInterFoam
  • Wave Propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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