CFD Simulations of the Japan Bulk Carrier Test Case
Paper in proceeding, 2015

This computational fluid dynamics (CFD) validation study is performed as a foundation for further studies with focus on the interaction effects between propulsor and hull. To be able to study the interaction effects, an appropriate CFD methodology need to be established and validated for a bare hull, for
the propulsion unit and for the combined system, a self-propelled hull.
The work to validate a CFD model is initiated through the use of the JBC, Japan Bulk Carrier, open test case. The JBC test case is developed for the 2015 workshop on CFD in Ship Hydrodynamics. The tested JBC only exists in model scale with scale factor 1:40 (LPP = 7 m). Model ship speed is 1.179 m/s,
corresponding to Fn = 0.142 and 14.5 kn, only calm water conditions are tested. There are two variants of the hull, with and without an energy saving device, within this study the one without is used. Test data used for validation of the CFD results are from towing tank experiments at NMRI. The aim of
further studies is to study propulsor hull interaction in full scale, but since detailed test data in full scale is limited, all computations will be performed in model scale.
The commercial CFD package STAR-CCM+, a finite volume method solver, is employed for all studies. STAR-CCM+ is a general purpose CFD code used for a wide variety of applications. It solves the conservation equations for momentum and mass, turbulence quantities and volume fraction of water
using a segregated solver based on the SIMPLE-algorithm. A 2nd order upwind discretization scheme in space is used. It is of interest to study how a general purpose code can perform for detailed ship hydrodynamic analyses and which limitations that could be identified.


Jennie Andersson

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Marine Technology

Marko Hyensjö

Rolls-Royce (Swe)

Arash Eslamdoost

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Marine Technology

Rickard Bensow

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Marine Technology


9781510815858 (ISBN)

18th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium (NuTTS 2015)
Marstrand, Sweden,

Analysis and optimisation of marine propulsion systems

Rolls-Royce (Swe), 2014-10-06 -- 2017-09-30.

Swedish Energy Agency (38849-1), 2014-10-06 -- 2017-09-30.

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