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Steering clear of failure

The goal for new Seawork exhibitor Cloud Towing Tank is to bring the best of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to the marine industry; calculating specific hydrodynamic problems and minimising the possibility of a human error.

Working out whether a marina or a harbour will be well protected from oncoming waves is a difficult job. Some cases need special solutions and it can be difficult to rely on best practice guidelines. Coastal engineering simulations using CFD can offer a high-resolution insight into any weak points of a project, whilst taking into account all relevant phenomena.

Bottom-fixed structures, floating structures that are sailing by or that are moored (such as pontoons), can all be modelled in a single CFD simulation. The interaction of floating and sailing objects through their generated and reflected wave fields can be demonstrated. Wind waves can be generated, whether irregular, directional or regular, to create a realistic simulation that encapsulates all of the worst-case scenarios.

During the simulation all relevant physical quantities are monitored, such as wave elevation at arbitrary locations, motion signals of any floating objects, pressures on mooring lines, velocity profiles in narrow gaps and similar, to offer a complete picture of the phenomena that can then be used to make the design better.

Based in Croatia, Cloud Towing Tank was set up by two Naval Architect PhDs, Inno Gatin and Vuko Vukčević with Robert Keser, mechanical engineer, as CEO.  Citing numerical ship hydrodynamics as their speciality, Inno and Vuko developed the CFD software used by Cloud Towing Tank via academic and industrial R&D projects.

Take a look at a marina wave-loading simulation here;

Exhibitor; Cloud Towing Tank
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