Journal of Hydrodynamics

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 70–78 | Cite as

Numerical study of the wave-induced slamming force on the elastic plate based on MPS-FEM coupled method

  • Cheng-ping Rao (饶成平)
  • De-cheng Wan (万德成)
Special Column on SPHERIC2017 (Guest Editors Mou-bin Liu, Can Huang, A-man Zhang)


Slamming is the phenomenon of structure impacting the water surface. It always results in the extremely high load on the structure. This paper is mainly concerned with the slamming force caused by the wave-plate interaction. In this paper, the process of solitary wave impacting onto the horizontal plate is simulated with the help of the moving particle semi-implicit and finite element coupled method (MPS-FEM). The MPS method is adopted to calculate the fluid domain while the structural domain is solved by FEM method. In the first series of simulations, the profiles of the solitary waves with various amplitudes, which are generated in the numerical wave tank, are compared with the theoretical results. Thereafter the interaction between the solitary waves and a rigid plate is simulated. The effects of wave amplitude, as well as the elevation of the plate above the initial water level, on the slamming force are numerically investigated. The calculated results are compared with the available experimental data. Finally, the interactions between the solitary waves and the elastic plate are also simulated. The effects of the structural flexibility on the wave-induced force are analyzed by the comparison between the cases with elastic and the rigid plate.


Slamming moving particle semi-implicit (MPS) finite element method (FEM) fluid-structure interaction MPSFEMSJTU solver 


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This work was supported by the Chang Jiang Scholars Program (Grant No. T2014099), the Shanghai Excellent Academic Leaders Program (Grant No. 17XD1402300), the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning (Grant No. 2013022), the Innovative Special Project of Numerical Tank of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (Grant No. 2016-23/09) and the Lloyd's Register Foundation for Doctoral Candidate, to which the authors are most grateful.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng-ping Rao (饶成平)
    • 1
    • 2
  • De-cheng Wan (万德成)
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea ExplorationShanghaiChina

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