Abstract

In this paper, a thorough verification of FPSO current load modeling and simulation using CFD was carried out and a modeling practice developed in a joint development project [1] was adopted. The towing test data obtained with thorough quality assurance process were used as benchmark data in the verification work. To have high confidence in the CFD modeling and simulations, both steady simulations with RANS model and unsteady simulations with IDDES model were carried out. For the steady simulations, sensitivity checks were carried out for the domain size, mesh refinement, turbulence models, boundary conditions and Reynolds effect. For unsteady simulations, the wake zone mesh refinement, time step size, number of inner iterations and different RANS model for boundary layers were considered during the sensitivity verification stage. It was found in this study that the transverse load (Fy) and yaw moment (Mz) of the FPSO can be predicted fairly well using RANS model, while the DES model needs to be adopted in order to accurately predict the longitudinal forces (Fx) at certain range of current directions. The wake grid for the DES needs to be fine enough in order to capture the details of vortices and the running time trace needs to be long enough to reduce the sensitivity on the mean current forces.

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