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OpenFOAM predictions of hydrodynamics loads on full-scale TLP


OpenFOAM is an open-source finite-volume solver in the public domain. In recent years, its use for fluid-flow simulations has grown very rapidly due to its flexibility and extensive capabilities. However, to date, its application in ocean engineering has been very limited. The main purpose of this paper is to evaluate this tool for use in this field. Simulations were hence performed of the flow field around a full-scale Tension-Leg Platform (TLP) in steady current at high Reynolds number. Of particular interest was assessment of OpenFOAM?

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