CCP-WSI blind test using qaleFOAM with an improved passive wave absorber

Shiqiang Yan, Jinghua Wang, Junxian Wang, Qingwei Ma, Zhihua Xie

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The paper presents the contribution to the CCP-WSI Blind Test, in which the responses of wave energy converters subjected to extreme waves are considered, by a hybrid model, qaleFOAM, coupling a two-phase Navier–Stokes (NS) model and the fully nonlinear potential theory (FNPT) using the spatially hierarchical approach. The former governs a limited computational domain (NS domain) around the structures and is solved by the OpenFOAM/InterDyMFoam. The latter covers the rest of the domain (FNPT domain) and is solved by using the quasi Lagrangian-Eulerian finite element method. Two numerical techniques have been developed to tackle the challenges and maximizing the computational efficiency of the qaleFOAM, including a modified solver for the six-degree-of-freedom motions of rigid bodies in the NS model and an improved passive wave absorber imposed at the outlet of the NS domain. With these developments, the accuracy and the computational efficiency of the qaleFOAM are analyzed for the cases considered in the blind test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Blind test
  • FNPT
  • Hybrid model
  • NS
  • QaleFOAM
  • Wave absorber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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