A hybrid method which couples a Vortex-Lattice Method (VLM) solver and a Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) solver is applied to simulate the interaction between a Dynamic Positioning (DP) thruster and an FPSO hull. The hybrid method could significantly reduce the number of cells to fifth of that in a full blown RANS simulation and thus greatly enhance the computational efficiency. The numerical results are first validated with available experimental data, and then used to assess the significance of the thruster/hull interaction in DP systems.
Thruster and FPSO Hull Interaction
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Tian, Y, & Kinnas, SA. "Thruster and FPSO Hull Interaction." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 8B: Ocean Engineering. San Francisco, California, USA. June 8–13, 2014. V08BT06A053. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2014-24442
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