Numerical simulations of wedge impact experiments, undertaken by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, NSWCCD, and more recently by the United States Naval Academy, USNA, Hydromechanics Laboratory, were performed using the computational fluid dynamics code Numerical Flow Analysis, NFA, to assess its capabilities in simulating the short duration hydrodynamic loading associated with free-surface impact. NSWCCD performed experiments using drop heights of 15.24 cm (6 in) and 25.4 cm (10 in), while the Naval Academy used drop heights of: 7.94, 12.7, 15.88, 25.4, 31.75, 38.1, and 50.8 cm (3.125, 5.0, 6.25, 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, and 20.0 in), measured from the keel of the wedge to the calm water surface. Simulations and comparisons were made at heights of 15.24 cm (6 in) and 25.4 cm (10 in) with the NSWCCD data, and 12.5 inches for the USNA data providing for a detailed examination of NFA’s ability to simulate and predict short duration hydrodynamic impacts.

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