Virtual Wave Structure Interaction (WSI) Simulation Environment
This EPSRC funded project focused on the development of an environment for the simulation of water waves impacting on structures such as costal defences, devices for harnessing wave energy and marine vessels. This was a joint project between the University of Plymouth (UoP), the Manchester Metropolitain University (MMU) and STFC Scientific Computing Department.
Building on the existing open source CFD package OpenFOAM the project explored new and efficient ways to simulate WSI events on HPC systems. Development of underlining solvers was perfromed by MMU and UoP while STFC provided software engineering expertise and coordination. One of the aims was to develop coupled solvers, allowing low cost methods such as potential flow to be used in the smooth regions while the full compressible Navier-Stokes would only be used when needed, such as waves breaking on a structure.
STFC was also involved in exploiting the parallel visualisation capability of ParaView for remote visualisation of simulations without transfer of data to local disk. Advanced visuaisation of results using the 3D and immersive systems with the Atlas Visualisation Facility was also investigated.