Numerical simulation of vortex-induced motion of a deep-draft paired-column semi-submersible offshore platform

Understanding and predicting vortex-induced motion (VIM) of offshore systems for deep seawater applications is crucial to improve the system safety and integrity. The authors report on experimental tow-tank measurements and numerical simulations of VIM of a deep-draft offshore platform, specifically Paired-Column Semisubmersible (PC-Semi). The study is carried out in model scale (1:54), at subcritical flow regime with Re~104. Motion of the floating structure has three degrees of freedom: in-line, cross-flow, and yaw. Large periodic cross-flow motion is measured for headings 0°, 11.25°, and 22.5°, for reduced velocities ( U r ) between 5 and 10. Considerably smaller cross-flow amplitude is recorded at 45° heading across the Ur range considered. An extensive sensitivity study is performed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to capture the transient displacement history of VIM (in-line, cross-flow, and yaw motion components). Amplitude and period of cross-flow (transverse) motion are obtained from statistical analysis of VIM time history and subsequently used as the validation criterion between the CFD simulation and the model tests. Satisfactory agreement between the CFD results and tow-tank measurements is achieved with a Delayed Detached Eddy Simulation – Shear Stress Transport (DDES-SST) formulation. This work provides experimental results and serves as a practical starting point to set up a CFD problem to estimate amplitude and period of cross-flow VIM motion for offshore engineering applications.


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  • Accession Number: 01666632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 7 2018 9:21AM