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Six-DOF simulations of an underwater vehicle undergoing straight line and steady turning manoeuvres


Kim, H and Ranmuthugala, D and Leong, ZQ and Chin, C, Six-DOF simulations of an underwater vehicle undergoing straight line and steady turning manoeuvres, Ocean Engineering, 150 pp. 102-112. ISSN 0029-8018 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Elsevier Ltd.

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.12.048


This paper reports on numerical simulations conducted on an underwater vehicle for six-degrees of freedom (6-DOF) free running manoeuvres using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The CFD manoeuvring trials (straight line and steady turning manoeuvres) were conducted using a model-scaled BB2 submarine with movable control planes and a body force propeller represented by an actuator disk incorporating predetermined propulsion properties. The propulsion properties were obtained from captive self-propulsion simulation adopting the actual BB2 propeller. The free running simulations were validated against experimental data. The results showed that the 6-DOF CFD simulations are capable of predicting the BB2 manoeuvring characteristics with good agreement against the experimental data. The 6-DOF manoeuvring simulations carried out allow for the unsteady viscosity effects, which is usually a limitation of the traditional coefficient-based prediction method. The simulations will enable accurate determination of the vehicle's manoeuvring characteristics, which are essential for the control system design and its safe operating envelope.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:computational fluid dynamics, underwater vehicles, 6-DOF free running simulation, movable control planes
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Kim, H (Mr Howan Kim)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Leong, ZQ (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Chin, C (Dr Chris Chin)
ID Code:123343
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-11-23

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