In this work we analyze by means of numerical simulations the features of breaking of two dimensional free surface waves induced by a body or a sloping bottom. The sample cases selected for the simulations characterize different aspects of wave breaking, thus they are supposed to represent rather widely a problem of large interest for ship hydrodynamics and ocean engineering applications. The simulations considered are: wave breaking induced by a fully submerged hydrofoil towed in calm water at constant speed; shallow water waves breaking on a sloping beach in spilling and plunging mode; regular intermediate depth waves breaking gently over a weakly submerged horizontal circular cylinder at a low Keulegan–Carpenter number. Each simulated case is supported by detailed comparisons with experi- mental data in time and frequency domain. The results presented have been obtained adopting a standard RANS approach. They show a generally good reproduction of the wave breaking characteristics even though it is rather clear that there is a case dependent potential loss of accuracy in the presence of pronounced foamy flow.

Numerical simulations of 2-D steady and unsteady breaking waves

LUPIERI, GUIDO;CONTENTO, GIORGIO
2015

Abstract

In this work we analyze by means of numerical simulations the features of breaking of two dimensional free surface waves induced by a body or a sloping bottom. The sample cases selected for the simulations characterize different aspects of wave breaking, thus they are supposed to represent rather widely a problem of large interest for ship hydrodynamics and ocean engineering applications. The simulations considered are: wave breaking induced by a fully submerged hydrofoil towed in calm water at constant speed; shallow water waves breaking on a sloping beach in spilling and plunging mode; regular intermediate depth waves breaking gently over a weakly submerged horizontal circular cylinder at a low Keulegan–Carpenter number. Each simulated case is supported by detailed comparisons with experi- mental data in time and frequency domain. The results presented have been obtained adopting a standard RANS approach. They show a generally good reproduction of the wave breaking characteristics even though it is rather clear that there is a case dependent potential loss of accuracy in the presence of pronounced foamy flow.
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