Coupled BEM/hp-FEM Modelling of Moored Floaters
Paper in proceedings, 2018
A coupling between a dynamic mooring solver based on high-order finite element techniques (MooDy) and a radiation-diffraction based hydrodynamic solver (WEC-Sim) is presented. The high-order scheme gives fast convergence resulting in high-resolution simulations at a lower computational cost. The model is compared against a lumped mass mooring code (MoorDyn) that has an existing coupling to WEC-Sim. The two models are compared for a standard test case and the results are similar, giving confidence in the new WEC-Sim-MooDy coupling. Finally, the coupled model is validated using experimental data of a spread moored cylinder with good agreement.