Numerical simulation of flooding of a damaged ship

Z. L. Gao, Q. X. Gao, D. Vassalos

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A clear understanding of the complex dynamic behaviour of a damaged ship and floodwater remains limited for ship designers and safety authorities. In this paper, a Navier–Stokes (NS) solver, which combines the volume of fluid (VOF) method with dynamic mesh techniques, was developed to simulate the flooding of a damaged ship. The VOF method was used to capture the fluid interface. The dynamic mesh techniques were employed to handle the mesh update following transient ship motions. To validate its performance, the solver was applied to the flooding problems of a damaged barge. The computed results are satisfactory with respect to the experimental data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1662
Number of pages14
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number14-15
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


  • VOF method
  • floodwater motion
  • waves
  • flow
  • dynamic mesh
  • fluid
  • dynamics
  • volume
  • account
  • damaged ship motion

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