Abstract

Utilization of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes to perform hydrodynamic analysis of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs) is increasing recently. However, verification studies of the simulations that quantifying numerical uncertainties and permitting a detailed validation in a next phase is often disregarded. In this work, a verification study of CFD simulations of a semi-submersible FOWT design under regular waves is performed. To accomplish this goal, Response Amplitude Operators (RAOs) are derived from the computational results of the heave, surge and pitch motions. Four grids with different grid sizes with a constant refinement ratio are generated for verification of spatial convergence. Three different time increments are paired with each grid for verification of temporal convergence. The verification study is performed by estimation of the numerical errors and uncertainties using procedures proposed by Eca and Hoekstra [1].

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