Wave-resistance computation via CFD and IGA-BEM solvers : a comparative study

Wang, Xinning and Chouliaras, Sotirios P. and Kaklis, Panagiotis D. and Ginnis, Alexandros A.-I. and Politis, Constantinos G. and Kostas, Konstantinos V. (2017) Wave-resistance computation via CFD and IGA-BEM solvers : a comparative study. In: 27th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, 2017-06-25 - 2017-06-30, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

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    This paper delivers a preliminary comparative study on the computation of wave resistance via a commercial CFD solver (STAR-CCM+®) versus an in-house developed IGA-BEM solver for a pair of hulls, namely the parabolic Wigley hull and the KRISO container ship (KCS). The CFD solver combines a VOF (Volume Of Fluid) free-surface modelling technique with alternative turbulence models, while the IGA-BEM solver adopts an inviscid flow model that combines the Boundary Element approach (BEM) with Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) using T-splines or NURBS. IGA is a novel and expanding concept, introduced by Hughes and his collaborators (Hughes et al, 2005), aiming to intrinsically integrate CAD with Analysis by communicating the CAD model of the geometry (the wetted ship hull in our case) to the solver without any approximation.