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Title: Validation of a GPU-accelerated LBM based numerical ice tank for a Voith Schneider propulsion system
Language: English
Authors: Gehrke, Martin  
Mierke, Dennis  
Rung, Thomas  
Hauer, Philipp 
Keywords: Lattice Boltzmann Method; Grid Refinement Scheme; Arctic Engineering; Voith Schneider Propulsion; GPU Computing with Nvidia CUDA
Issue Date: 13-May-2019
Abstract (english): 
This contribution outlines the capabilities of an enhanced GPU-accelerated Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) for the simulation of ice-going Voith Schneider propelled (VSP) ships. Reported results cover a collaboration between an academic and an industrial partner, i.e. TUHH and Voith, within a joint research project to assess the ice-induced loads for cycloidal propellers. The goal is to establish a simulation framework which supports extensive parameter studies in a competitive computational time. Simulation objectives are an insight into the ice clearing capabilities of a hull, the ice’s influence on the propulsion efficiency as well as the additional ice-induced blade loads. Investigated influences refer to the ice thickness, the ice floe geometry, the ship speed and/or the VSP’s parameters. The experimental and numerical ice tanks are restricted to pre-broken ice floes and ice-breaking is not considered. The simulated dynamics of the multiple rigid bodies system, i.e. the. ice floes, the hull and the VSP, are obtained from a monolithic coupling of the flow solver and a contact-dynamics Physics Engine (Open Dynamics Engine; ODE). For the coupling of the explicit LBM and the motion solver, a bidirectional and explicit coupling approach is used. Computations were performed on moderate LBM grids featuring about 20 million nodes using local grid refinement.

Prior to the assessment of ice loads, hydrodynamic validation in open-water conditions of the LBM against established FV-simulations will be reported. Subsequently, the comparison of simulated and measured ice loads experienced by a 5-bladed VSP attached to a generic hull geometry will be analyzed. A comparison of the ice floe dynamics displays reasonable agreement and force assessments confirm that the simulation is able to capture all important effects. Final applications are concerned with a tug geometry - propelled by 2 5-bladed VSPs - in pack ice conditions.
Conference: 8th International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering, (MARINE 2019) 
DOI: 10.15480/882.3406
Institute: Fluiddynamik und Schiffstheorie M-8 
Document Type: Presentation
Project: Einfluss der Formgebung von Schiffen auf die Propulsionseffizienz und Propeller-Eis-Belastung; Modellierung der Umströmung von Schiffen in eisbedeckten Gewässern 
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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