The Flow Around FPSOs in Steep Regular Beam Waves. Results of PIV Experiments and RANS Computations.

AuthorsRene H. M. Huijsmans (MARIN), Mike Graham and Tim Kendon (Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College, London)
Conference/JournalOMAE Conference, Halkidiki
DateJan 1, 2005

This paper investigates the hydrodynamical aspects of a fixed FPSO in regular waves. The emphasis is geared to the validation of state of the art CFD techniques, using particle image velocimetry measurements on the water velocities around a captive model of an FPSO in regular waves. The main focus is on the following issues:Determination of the water velocities around the vessel using PIV techniques and pressures on a girth below and just above the mean waterline of the vessel using pressure gauges.

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