Technical manual and user guide for the surface panel code: PALISUPAN. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 66pp.
(Ship Science Reports, (100) ).
This report describes the theoretical background and the method of use of a general purpose lifting surface panel code Palisupan. This code, originally developed in Occam for use across arrays of transputers, has been rewritten in ANSI C and a serial version is available for use on Unix based machines. The code uses dynamic memory allocation to maximise the available problem size for a given computational environment. The two available methods for preparing geomentry definition files are described as are the production of various types of post-processing information. A section describes the importance of the validation process. An exercise in the form of a validation tutorial introduces the user to the limitations of three-dimensional potential flow analysis using a surface panel code. A final section describes an assignment for users to implement in order to develop increased familiarity with the solution of a practical design problem. In this case the analysis of yacht keel-bulb hydrodynamic performance.
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