Waves and Structures
For the hydrodynamic numerical modelling of (floating) structures and energy devices, we develop at Ghent University (Belgium) coupling methodologies which combine the advantages of:
(A) wave-structure interaction solvers which deliver detailed hydrodynamic information from the area close to the structures/devices (near-field-effects). We currently use and develop solvers based on Boundary Element Methods (NEMOH, WAMIT) and on Computational Fluid Dynamics (OpenFOAM, and the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics solver, DualSPHysics);
(B) wave propagation models which deal with large computational domains and realistic bathymetries for investigating the area far from the structures/devices (far-field-effects). We currently use and develop MILDwave (mildslope model), and OceanWave3D.