Nonlinear Hydrodynamics of a Floating Cylinder in Oscillatory Flow Alone and Combined with a Current

This paper experimentally investigates the nonlinear hydrodynamic forces on a semisubmerged floating collar under full-scale Reynolds number (R) and Keulegan-Carpenter number (KC) oscillatory flow alone and combined with a current. The collar was forced to oscillate harmonically in the direction of the current within a wide range of oscillation amplitudes and frequencies. The first five orders of the horizontal hydrodynamic forces are obtained using Fourier transformation techniques. The influence of the KC, the frequency parameter (β), and the reduced velocity (Vr) on the high-order components of the hydrodynamic force were investigated. The results show that, under oscillatory flows, the first five harmonics of the hydrodynamic force coefficients increase with an increase of KC and β. As the reduced velocity (Vr) increases, the first- and second-order components are greatly affected. These first two order components contribute greatly to the overall hydrodynamic force in the combined flow condition, with no apparent slamming, whereas the last three orders contribute less. The first two harmonics agree well with the experimental results when overtopping occurs; however, differences are apparent where slamming occurs.


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  • Accession Number: 01606868
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 28 2016 3:05PM