Brizzolara, S., Savio, L., Viviani, M., Chen, Y.G., Temarel, P., Couty, N., Hoflack, S., Diebold, L., Moirod, N. and Souto Iglesias, A.
Comparison of experimental and numerical sloshing loads in partially filled tanks
Ships and Offshore Structures, 6, (1-2), . (doi:10.1080/17445302.2010.522372).
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Sloshing describes the movement of liquids inside partially filled tanks, generating dynamic loads on the tank structure. The resulting impact pressures are of great importance in assessing structural strength, and their correct evaluation still represents a challenge for the designer due to the high level of nonlinearities involved, with complex free surface deformations, violent impact phenomena and influence of air trapping. In the present paper, a set of two-dimensional cases, for which experimental results are available, is considered to assess the merits and shortcomings of different numerical methods for sloshing evaluation, namely two commercial RANS solvers (FLOW-3D and LS-DYNA), and two academic software (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and RANS). Impact pressures at various critical locations and global moment induced by water motion in a partially filled rectangular tank, subject to a simple harmonic rolling motion, are evaluated and predictions are compared with experimental measurements.
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