Two-dimensional resonant piston-like sloshing in a moonpool. (English) Zbl 1147.76553

Summary: This paper presents combined theoretical and experimental studies of the two-dimensional piston-like steady-state motions of a fluid in a moonpool formed by two rectangular hulls (e.g. a dual pontoon or catamaran). Vertical harmonic excitation of the partly submerged structure in calm water is assumed. A high-precision analytically oriented linear-potential-flow method, which captures the singular behaviour of the velocity potential at the corner points of the rectangular structure, is developed. The linear steady-state results are compared with new experimental data and show generally satisfactory agreement. The influence of vortex shedding has been evaluated by using the local discrete-vortex method of Graham (1980). It was shown to be small. Thus, the discrepancy between the theory and experiment may be related to the free-surface nonlinearity.


76B10 Jets and cavities, cavitation, free-streamline theory, water-entry problems, airfoil and hydrofoil theory, sloshing
76-05 Experimental work for problems pertaining to fluid mechanics
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