Journal article

Ship resistance when operating in floating ice floes: A combined CFD&DEM approach

L Huang, J Tuhkuri, B Igrec, M Li, D Stagonas, A Toffoli, P Cardiff, G Thomas

Marine Structures | Elsevier | Published : 2020


Whilst climate change is transforming the Arctic into a navigable ocean where small ice floes are floating on the sea surface, the effect of such ice conditions on ship performance has yet to be understood. The present work combines a set of numerical methods to simulate the ship-wave-ice interaction in such ice conditions. Particularly, Computational Fluid Dynamics is applied to provide fluid solutions for the floes and it is incorporated with the Discrete Element Method to govern ice motions and account for ship-ice/ice-ice collisions, by which, the proposed approach innovatively includes ship-generated waves in the interaction. In addition, this work provides two algorithms that can imple..

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Awarded by European Union

Funding Acknowledgements

This work is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723526 - SEDNA: Safe maritime operations under extreme conditions; the Arctic case. The first author is grateful to Lloyds Register Foundation, UCL Faculty of Engineering Science and China Scholarship Council, for providing his PhD scholarship; he appreciates the ongoing support of Professor Guoxiong Wu. The authors acknowledge the use of the UCL Grace High Performance Computing Facility (Grace@UCL), and associated support services, in the completion of this work.