Resonant waves in the gap between two advancing barges

Liang Li, Zhiming Yuan, Chunyan Ji, Yan Gao

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The gap resonance between two advancing rectangular barges in side-by-side arrangement is investigated using a 3-D Rankine source method. A modified Sommerfeld radiation condition accounting for Doppler shift is applied for the low forward speed problem when the scattered waves could propagate ahead of the barges. Numerical studies are conducted to investigate various factors which will influence the wave resonance in the narrow gap with particular attention paid on the forward speed effect and its coupling effects with gap width and draft. It is found that in the absence of forward speed, the trapped water surface oscillates like a flexible plate and the wave flow within the gap behaves like a standing wave. When the two barges are travelling ahead, the resonant wave patterns within the gap are reshaped. Additionally, the resonant frequencies shift to lower value and are compressed within a narrow range. Gap resonances are reduced by the augment of gap width. The effect of draft is shown to be associated with resonant modes. Draft effect becomes less pronounced at higher order resonant modes. Furthermore, both gap width and draft effects on gap resonance are found to be independent from forward speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-117
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids
Early online date30 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019


  • forward speed
  • gap resonance
  • hydrodynamic interaction
  • Rankine source method
  • ship-to-ship problem


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