Modeling Vortex-Induced Motions of Offshore Floating Oil & Gas Platforms
The company I work for (Det Norske Veritas) has been performing CFD simulations of vortex-induced motions (VIM) of deep draft spar platforms. These platforms are moored to the seafloor and can experience motions due to vortices shed from the hull under high current conditions (vortex-induced motions). We have been successful in modeling this phenomenon using a commercial CFD program. The results compare well with high quality scaled physical model tests.
We are considering using OpenFOAM for this class of problem. We would like to know if the OpenFOAM solvers accessible in Caedium can handle the job. We would also need to consider ocean waves in conjunction to the VIM.
Details of this fluid/structure problem and the CFD simulations we performed are contained in a paper we just completed for this year's Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Conference, which I am glad to share if you will provide an email address.
Many thanks for considering this inquiry.
Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc.
Katy, TX 77441