Numerical Simulations of Three-dimensional Wave Breaking by Coupling of a VOF Method and a Boundary Element Method

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Conference Proceeding

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In this paper, we describe the development and validation of a numerical model based on coupling a higher-order Boundary Element Method (BEM) solution of fully nonlinear potential flow equations to a Volume Of Fluid (VOF) solution of Euler equations, in three-dimensions (3-D). In the model, the BEM solution is used to initialize the VOF/Euler computations. Numerical simulations of breaking waves on sloping beaches for 2-D (using an earlier model) and 3-D flows are carried out.

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Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference