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Comparisons between seabed and free surface effects on underwater vehicle hydrodynamics


Ling, X and Leong, ZQ and Chin, C and Woodward, M and Duffy, J, Comparisons between seabed and free surface effects on underwater vehicle hydrodynamics, International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 14 Article 100482. ISSN 2092-6782 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijnaoe.2022.100482


This paper presents a numerical study on the hydrodynamic coefficients of the DARPA SUBOFF hull when deeply submerged and near the seabed. The CFD-based model was validated with experimental data, namely experiments involving the SUBOFF and BB2 undergoing straight-ahead motion near the free surface and the SUBOFF only when deeply submerged at drift angles without the influence of either the free surface or the seabed. The validated model was used to investigate the effects of the seabed's effect on the hydrodynamic behaviour of the SUBOFF across a range of speeds, drift angles, and submergence depths. The results were then compared to operations near the free surface. The results show that the seabed has a smaller influence on the hydrodynamic coefficients compared to the free surface. Also, the hydrodynamic coefficients do not vary with Froude number when near the seabed but do vary with Froude number when near the free surface.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seabed, free surface, SUBOFF, drift angle, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ling, X (Mr Xavier Ling)
UTAS Author:Leong, ZQ (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Chin, C (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Woodward, M (Associate Professor Michael Woodward)
UTAS Author:Duffy, J (Associate Professor Jonathan Duffy)
ID Code:154714
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2022-12-23
Last Modified:2022-12-23

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