Using the rasInterFoam CFD model for wave transformation and coastal modelling

Gerald Morgan, Jun Zang, Deborah Greaves, Andrew Heath, Chris Whitlow, John Young

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It is difficult, using simple models, to model the effects of strong nonlinear waves and breaking waves on coastal and offshore structures. Here, the rasInterFoam CFD code, part of the OpenFOAM library, is used to validate against experimental data for a 3D problem. The experimental data consists of free surface elevation time-series from the impact of non-linear waves on a cylindrical column in shallow water. It is found that results obtained even from relatively coarse meshes can give useful results, with the CFD model able to reproduce the shape and wave spectrum of a focused wave group to reasonable accuracy. It is also found that smaller meshes provide greater accuracy, but that the computational cost of this accuracy is not always justified. It is shown that the computational expense of the method is not prohibitive of its use as a design tool.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of Coastal Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781880653777
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
EventThe 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Jun 20105 Jul 2010


ConferenceThe 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering


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