Numerical Simulation of Fully Nonlinear Interaction Between Regular and Irregular Waves and a 2D Floating Body
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A fully nonlinear Navier-Stokes/VOF numerical wave tank, developed within the open-source CFD toolbox OpenFOAM, is used to investigate the response of a moored 2D floating body to nonlinear wave loads. The waveDyMFoam solver, developed by extending the interDyMFoam solver of the OpenFOAM library with the waves2Foam package, is applied. Furthermore, a simple linear spring is implemented to constrain the body motion. An efficient domain decomposition strategy is applied to reduce the computational time of irregular wave cases. The numerical results are compared against the results from potential flow theory. Numerical results highlight the coupling between surge and pitch motion and the presence of nonlinear loads and responses. Some minor numerical disturbance occurs when the maximum body motion response is achieved.