Green water overtopping analyzed with a SPH model

M. Gómez-Gesteira, D. Cerqueiro, C. Crespo, R. A. Dalrymple*

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Wave overtopping on the decks of offshore platforms and ships can cause severe damage due to the high forces generated by the water. This phenomenon is analyzed within the framework of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method. The presence of a fixed horizontal deck above the mean water level modifies strongly the wave kinematics. In particular, the flow in the wave crest is split into two, showing a different behavior above and below the deck. Numerical results generated by the SPH method are compared to laboratory experiments. The formation of a jet in the rear of the deck after overtopping is observed under extreme conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-238
Number of pages16
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Hydrodynamics
  • Lagrangian simulation
  • SPH model
  • Water overtopping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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