Coupled CFD-FEM simulation of hydrodynamic responses of a CALM buoy Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Techno-Press. Ltd. In this paper, the Finite-Analytic Navier-Stokes (FANS) code is coupled with an in-house finite-element code to study the dynamic interaction between a floating buoy and its mooring system. Hydrodynamic loads on the buoy are predicted with the FANS module, in which Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is used as the turbulence model. The mooring lines are modeled based on a slender body theory. Their dynamic responses are simulated with a nonlinear finite element module, MOORING3D. The two modules are coupled by transferring the forces and displacements of the buoy and its mooring system at their connections through an interface module. A free-decay model test was used to calibrate the coupled method. In addition, to investigate the capability of the present coupled method, numerical simulations of two degree-of-freedom vortex-induced motion of a CALM buoy in uniform currents were performed. With the study it can be verified that accurate predictions of the motion responses and tension responses of the CALM buoy system can be made with the coupling CFD-FEM method.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gu, H., Chen, H., & Zhao, L.

complete list of authors

  • Gu, Haoyuan||Chen, Hamn-Ching||Zhao, Linyue

publication date

  • March 2019