Model calm water resistance and motion – simulations, experiments and verification

Renan Santana Pelícia, João Lucas Dozzi Dantas

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To assess the impact of each bow design on motion and drag, two platform supply vessel models (PSV) of same parallel middle body and stern were tested in deep water regime on the Towing Tank of the Institute for Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT). Calm water resistance was measured for different operating condition (draft and speed). One of the models was also tested in waves. Moreover, the same Towing Tank tests conditions were re-created in Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation and the results of resistance, sinkage and trim were compared to appraise the reliability of the simulation method. Seeking a competitive performance compared to Towing Tank tests, the simulations’ mesh size was kept below 5 million cells and executed on the software STAR-CCM+ using a multiphase model (VOF) and the K-Omega turbulence model. As expected, the desired performance was achieved while providing consistent outcomes as most cases reached resistance errors below 5%, with better adherence at lower speeds.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017
EventSNAME 30th American Towing Tank Conference, ATTC 2017 - West Bethesda, United States
Duration: 4 Oct 2017 → …


ConferenceSNAME 30th American Towing Tank Conference, ATTC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWest Bethesda
Period4/10/17 → …


  • CFD (computational fluid dynamics)
  • resistance coefficients
  • boundary layer
  • hydrodynamic drag force
  • seakeeping
  • towing tank


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