Numerical simulation of water wave impacts using a navier-stokes solver

T. Q. Li, Peter A Troch, J. De Rouck, D. Goossens

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The calculated results for the violent impact of water waves onto rigid stationary coastal structures are presented in this paper. The simulation is performed in a numerical wave flume using our recently developed in-house Navier-Stokes solverM, named LVOF. It is a VOF finite volume approach that incorporates the surface tension effects, coupled with a dynamic subgrid-scale (SGS) turbulence model. Test cases concern a combination of wave propagation, shoaling, reflection, diffraction, breaking and overtopping after impact. Additionally, the effects of a current on wave-structure interactions are investigated, including the study of the influence of viscosity on the wave boundary layer under breakwater and the 3D effects. Our results demonstrate that our solver can describe most of the significant features of motions induced by regular and irregular waves. In particular, the shape of the free surface agrees well with measurements under grid refinements captured and even during lengthy computations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789812562982, 9789812562982
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2004 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Sep 19 2004Sep 24 2004


Other29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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