Experimental and numerical study of an obliquely towed ship model in confined waters

Momchil Terziev, Khaled Elsherbiny, Tahsin Tezdogan, Atilla Incecik

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In this study, the forces and moments acting on the KCS ship model as a result of oblique towing at 10 and 20 degrees drift angles are evaluated experimentally and numerically via a commercial Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes solver. For the purposes of this work, the KCS hull is modelled both experimentally and numerically at a scale factor of 1:75. The adopted case-studies feature both horizontal and vertical restrictions. Thus, the subject of this work is the oblique motion of a ship in a narrow canal with a depth of h/T=2.2. The relative impact of turbulence modelling is assessed by comparing the computed integral quantities via several eddy-viscosity closure strategies. These include significant variants of the k-ϵ and k-ω models as well as a widely used one-equation closure. Multiphase numerical simulations are performed at several of the experimentally investigated depth Froude numbers for each drift angle condition in order to fully capture the physics of the problem at hand. The present study aims to provide a quantitative evaluation of the performance of the adopted turbulence models and recommended the best closure strategy for the class of investigated problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2020 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
Place of PublicationNew York, NY.
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2020
Event39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering - Florida, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20203 Jul 2020


Conference39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering
Abbreviated titleOMAE2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • EFD
  • CFD
  • restricted waters
  • drift
  • oblique towing


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