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Old   March 17, 2009, 09:39
Default Wind tunner test for offshore platform
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Is it realistic to use CFD to replace the wind tunnel test to estimate wind load coefficients of an offshore platform(above water line part)?
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Old   June 9, 2009, 16:57
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This may arrive a little late as a response but I have been working on a CFD solver to simulate scenarios that incorporate models for
  • atmospheric turbulent wind profile
  • ocean waves
  • aero/hydro-dynamic loads on floating vessels
  • loads due to flexible mooring lines
  • six-degree of freedom motion solution on floating platforms/vessels
Within limits of my own imagination, this type of simulation model is as realistic as it could get in representing the real-world scenario. Replicating a full or model scale experiment incorporating the above conditions together or partially is highly unlikely.

So my answer to your question is rather, can experiments replace simulation models?

(PS: You can have a look at my company, CAEbridge, LLC, website to get an idea of the state of the art simulation capabilities for modeling floating vessels, including offshore platforms.)
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