Advances in the Development of a Time-Domain Unstructured Finite Element Method for the Analysis of Waves and Floating Structures Interaction

  • Borja Servan-Camas
  • Julio Garcia-Espinosa
Part of the Computational Methods in Applied Sciences book series (COMPUTMETHODS, volume 29)


Being capable of predicting wave-structure interaction in the time domain is of great interest for the offshore industry. However, most computer programs used in the industry work in the frequency domain. Therefore, the main objective of this work is the development a time domain solver based on the finite element method capable of solving wave-structure interaction problems using unstructured meshes. We found good agreement between the numerical results we obtained and analytical solutions as well as numerical solutions obtained by other numerical method.


Wave structure interaction Ocean energy, finite element Time domain Unstructured mesh, seakeeping 



This study was partially supported by the Ministry for Science and Innovation of Spain in the AIDMAR project CTM2008-06565-C03-01.

The authors also want to acknowledge Prof. Clauss and Dr. Schmittner, for providing the main characteristics of the GVA4000 model used in the experimental tests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria (CIMNE)Campus Norte UPCBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC), Campus NàuticaBarcelonaSpain

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