Ship hull slamming and wave impact on wave energy converters (WEC) are an important problem in naval architecture and marine hydrokinetic for the survivability of vessels and WECs in adverse environmental conditions. An idealized canonical model for these problems can be traced back to the water entry of a wedge–shaped rigid object. Common asymptotic and empirical models are often based on the assumption that the fluid is incompressible and the initial wedge entry velocity to sound speed ratio (defined as the characterized Mach number) is low. In this paper, we present some initial results of a numerical study of the effect of fluid compressibility on the peak slamming impact pressure. The deadrise angle and entry velocity of the model are varied to examine the sensitivity of the peak and distribution of the pressure response with respect to these parameters. The fluid compressibility is controlled through the bulk modulus and manifested as various sound speeds. The normalization using this sound speed shows that the pressure coefficient changes consistently for a certain deadrise angle. The results indicates that despite a low Mach number, the fluid compressibility in the numerical model affects the peak pressure significantly, implying an overestimation in engineering application by the classical asymptotic incompressible theory.

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