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Novel CFD-based full-scale resistance prediction for large medium-speed catamarans

Haase, M; Zurcher, K; Davidson, G; Binns, JR; Thomas, G; Bose, N; (2016) Novel CFD-based full-scale resistance prediction for large medium-speed catamarans. Ocean Engineering , 111 pp. 198-208. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.10.018. Green open access

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Abstract

A novel CFD-based approach is presented that is used in conjunction with model test experiments to predict ship resistance at full-scale Reynolds and Froude numbers. It relies on verification using model scale experiments, including an agreement of integrated shear force with established model-ship correlation lines at model and full-scale, and includes surface roughness effects. One major advantage of the method is that the geometric dimensions of the CFD modelling remain at model scale. CFD simulation results were successfully verified considering the drag of two different catamarans at 1:22 and 1:50 model scale. Furthermore, it is shown that an identical near-wall mesh resolution can be used for both model and full-scale simulations without compromising the accuracy of the shear force component. At full-scale the deviation of resistance between CFD prediction, model test extrapolation and full-scale measurements was less than 5% at Fr=0.40 and 0.43, showing good agreement. For a novel 130 m catamaran it is shown that variations in full-scale drag for a smooth hull were as low as 5% when comparing extrapolated model scale experiments and CFD predictions. However, at such large Reynolds numbers CFD predictions for correlation and roughness allowance were significantly higher compared to estimates proposed in ITTC guidelines.

Type: Article
Title: Novel CFD-based full-scale resistance prediction for large medium-speed catamarans
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.10.018
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.10.018
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015. This manuscript version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
Keywords: Full-scale CFD, Medium-speed catamarans, Resistance prediction
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476431
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