Numerical simulation about the manoeuvre of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull with hull attitude taken into account by OpenFOAM


Based on CFD method, the numerical method for the manoeuvre simulation of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull by OpenFOAM was applied in this paper. The grid independency test was carried out, and the computed result of turn and zigzag manoeuvres was compared with the result of self-propulsion experiment to validate the numerical method. Then, the numerical method was applied to simulate the turn and zigzag manoeuvres of both an actual trimaran and an actual asymmetric twin hull. By the manoeuvre simulation in calm water with hull attitude fixed and free, the effect of hull attitude on the manoeuvre of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull with different layouts and Froude number was discussed, and the importance of hull attitude for the numerical simulation of turn and zigzag manoeuvres was illustrated. The result shows that, the numerical method in this paper is valid for the manoeuvre simulation of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull, and it makes sense to take the hull attitude into account for the manoeuvre simulation of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull.

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This work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (19ZR1422500) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (CN) (51979157).

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Gong, J., Li, Y. & Jiang, F. Numerical simulation about the manoeuvre of trimaran and asymmetric twin hull with hull attitude taken into account by OpenFOAM. J Mar Sci Technol 25, 769–786 (2020).

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  • Turn manoeuvre
  • Zigzag manoeuvre
  • Trimaran
  • Asymmetric twin hull
  • OpenFOAM