SPH modeling of floating bodies in the surf zone

Benedict D. Rogers*, Robert A. Dalrymple, Peter K. Stansby

*Corresponding author for this work

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Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is used to simulate floating bodies in the surf zone. The open-source code SPHysics is used with a Riemann solver for improved wave propagation characteristics. Results are presented for (i) a floating box in the surf zone under the forcing action of periodic waves, and (ii) a comparison with experiments for the movement of a caisson breakwater. The numerical results show realistic behaviour for the floating box. For the caisson breakwater, good agreement with experimental data is obtained for the displacement, but the computed horizontal forces appear noisy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-215
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2008 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Aug 31 2008Sep 5 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography

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