A numerical model for the jet flow generated by water impact. (English) Zbl 1041.76547

Summary: In this paper a numerical model is developed aimed at describing the jet flow caused by water impact. The study, carried out in the framework of a potential-flow assumption, exploits the shallowness of the jet region to significantly simplify the local representation of the velocity field. This numerical model is incorporated into a fully nonlinear boundary-element solver that describes the flow generated by the water entry of two-dimensional bodies. Attention is focused on the evaluation of the capability of the model to provide accurate free-surface shape and pressure distribution along the wetted part of the body contour, with particular regard to the jet region. After a careful verification, the proposed model is validated through comparisons with the similarity solution of the wedge impact with constant entry velocity. This similarity solution is derived with the help of an iterative procedure which solves the governing boundary-value problem written in self-similar variables.


76M15 Boundary element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76B10 Jets and cavities, cavitation, free-streamline theory, water-entry problems, airfoil and hydrofoil theory, sloshing
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