Advisor

Bhushan, Shanti

Committee Member

Wang, Xiao

Committee Member

Kees, Christopher

Committee Member

Burgreen, Greg W.

Date of Degree

5-1-2020

Original embargo terms

Complete embargo for 6 months||forever||5/15/2020

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Predictive capability of computational fluid dynamics simulations for the prediction of plunging breaking wave is assessed. Laminar flow simulations are performed for dam break, solitary wave run up on a slope and flow over a submerged bump using OpenFOAM, a finite volume solver with volume-ofluid (VoF) interface capturing method, and Proteus, a finite element solver with coupled level-set/ volume-ofluid (CLSVoF) methods. CLSVoF predicts wave elevation before the plunge, and primary and secondary plunger shapes better than VoF in all the cases. The primary limitation in the simulation is the airflow, which results in diffused plunger tips in VoF simulations, and results in surface peel-off in CLSVoF simulations. Future work should include 3D turbulent flow simulations.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16946

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