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Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering

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Abstract

GHADIMI, Parviz; DASHTIMANESH, Abbas  and  DJEDDI, Seyed Reza. Study of water entry of circular cylinder by using analytical and numerical solutions. J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. & Eng. [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.3, pp. 225-232. ISSN 1678-5878.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-58782012000300001.

Water impact phenomenon in the case of a circular cylinder is an important issue in offshore industry where cross members may be in the splash zone of the incident wave. An analytical method as well as a numerical solution are employed to study the water entry problem of a circular section. The procedure for derivation of the analytical formulas is demonstrated step by step. The volume of fluid (VOF) simulation of the water entry problem is also performed to offer comparison of the results of the linearized analytical solution with a fully nonlinear and viscous fluid flow solution. To achieve this, the FLOW-3D code is utilized. Some consideration has also been given to the points of intersection of the free surface and the body, where the singularities exist in the free surface deformation and velocities, as predicted by the linear theory. These singularities appear to be avoided in the real fluid by the formation of jets which quickly break up into sprays under the action of surface tension. Slamming force, free surface profile, impact force, pressure distribution and evolution of intersection points are also presented and comparisons of the obtained results against the results of previous studies illustrate favorable agreements.

Keywords : circular section; analytical method; FLOW-3D; impact force; intersection point.

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