The response of marine vessels to steady currents and unsteady wave motions is presented using six degrees-of-freedom CFD simulations. The equations governing the fluid flow are coupled with the rigid-body equations of motion to predict the response of surface ships when driven by high-amplitude waves. In addition, the maneuvering performance of a submarine is analysed for a constant heading and depth. Such fully coupled simulations allow the accurate prediction of the hydrodynamic forces acting on the vessel as well as the corresponding vessel motion and are becoming increasingly important from a design standpoint. In these simulations, a high-resolution interface-capturing scheme is used to efficiently capture the dynamics of breaking and overturning waves and to examine their impact on a surface ship. The dynamics of the vessel are investigated in detail with particular emphasis on its angular response (i.e. pitch, roll and yaw).

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