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Validation of a Piston Type Wave-maker Using Numerical Wave Tank

Prasad, Deepak D. and Ahmed, Mohammed R. and Lee, Y.H. and Sharma, Rajnish N. (2017) Validation of a Piston Type Wave-maker Using Numerical Wave Tank. Ocean Engineering, 131 . pp. 57-67. ISSN 0029-8018

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Commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code ANSYS–CFX which solves the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes Equations (RANSE) is used to simulate waves in a 3D Numerical Wave tank (NWT). The free surface is captured using Volume of Fluid (VOF) method. The numerical code to generate waves in NWT is first validated against experimental data to check the accuracy and robustness of the code. The experimental setup included a turbine and as such the initial numerical code was validated by comparing the wave height and the performance of the turbine against the experimental data. The initial numerical results show good agreement with the experimental data. Later an actual NWT is constructed to generate desired wave climate based on field measurements at a site in Fiji. The CFD results show very good agreement with field measured wave height of 1.23 m and field measured wave power of 9.81 kW/m. The CFD results were also verified with analytical solutions. The difference in the results is within 3% highlighting the validity of the CFD code which can further be extended to investigate other phenomena.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wave energy; Numerical wave tank; ANSYS-CFX.
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: M. Rafiuddin Ahmed
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 02:52
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2018 02:01

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