ComFLOW is a Cartesian-grid based Volume-of-Fluid CFD simulation method specifically designed for the fast and efficient simulation of violent free-surface flows. More than a decade of developments within a series of JIPs resulted in a unique combination of numerical algorithms, which sets ComFLOW apart from many other CFD codes and makes it particularly effective for solving complex free-surface flow problems both in terms of CPU time and level of accuracy.
Over the years, ComFLOW has been successfully applied and validated for a wide range of free-surface applications for fixed and moving structures, both moored and at forward speed:
• sloshing (e.g. in LNG containment systems and swimming pools on yachts);
• wave run-up and deck impacts (e.g. semi-submersibles, TLPs, monopiles);
• air entrapment during breaking wave impacts (“cushioning”);
• green water (e.g. at the bow and alongside FPSOs and ocean-going vessels);
• non-linear wave propagation, deterministic breaking and crest distributions;
• global response analysis;
• design optimization (e.g. bulwarks, green water protection, riser balconies, local deflectors for on-deck structures such as lifeboats);
• bow and stern slamming (e.g. cruise ships).
With the introduction of a dedicated user group, ComFLOW is now available to all interested industrial partners for use within their daily design and engineering practice.