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CFD Application to Evaluation of Wave and Current Loads on Fixed Cylindrical Substructure for Ocean Wind Turbine
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 Title & Authors
CFD Application to Evaluation of Wave and Current Loads on Fixed Cylindrical Substructure for Ocean Wind Turbine
Park, Yeon-Seok; Chen, Zheng-Shou; Kim, Wu-Joan;
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 Abstract
Numerical simulations were performed for the evaluation of wave and current loads on a fixed cylindrical substructure model for an ocean wind turbine using the ANSYS-CFX package. The numerical wave tank was actualized by specifying the velocity at the inlet and applying momentum loss as a wave damper at the end of the wave tank. The Volume-Of-Fluid (VOF) scheme was adopted to capture the air-water interface. An accuracy validation of the numerical wave tank with a truncated vertical circular cylinder was accomplished by comparing the CFD results with Morison`s formula, experimental results, and potential flow solutions using the higher-order boundary element method (HOBEM). A parametric study was carried out by alternately varying the length and amplitude of the wave. As a meaningful engineering application, in the present study, three kinds of conditions were considered, i.e., cases with current, waves, and a combination of current and progressive waves, passing through a cylindrical substructure model. It was found that the CFD results showed reasonable agreement with the results of the HOBEM and Morison`s formula when only progressive waves were considered. However, when a current was included, CFD gave a smaller load than Morison`s formula.
 Keywords
Computational fluid dynamics;Morison`s formula;High-order boundary element method;Numerical wave tank;Wave load;Current load;Circular cylinder;Ocean wind turbine;Substructure;
 Language
English
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