A Review on the Modelling of Wave-Structure Interactions Based on OpenFOAM


  • Luofeng Huang Cranfield University
  • Yuzhu Li National University of Singapore
  • Daniela Benites-Munoz University College London
  • Christian Windt Windt Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Anna Feichtner University of Exeter
  • Sasan Tavakoli Aalto University
  • Josh Davidson Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Ruben Paredes Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
  • Tadea Quintuna University of Liège
  • Edward Ransley University of Plymouth
  • Marco Colombo The University of Sheffield
  • Minghao Li Chalmers University of Technology
  • Philip Cardiff University College Dublin
  • Gavin Tabor University of Exeter




Wave-structure interaction, Computational Fluid Dynamics, OpenFOAM


The modelling of wave-structure interaction (WSI) has significant applications in understanding natural processes as well as securing the safety and efficiency of marine engineering. Based on the technique of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and the open-source simulation framework - OpenFOAM, this paper provides a state-of-the-art review of WSI modelling methods. The review categorises WSI scenarios and suggests their suitable computational approaches, concerning a rigid, deformable or porous structure in regular, irregular, non-breaking or breaking waves. Extensions of WSI modelling for wave-structure-seabed interactions and various wave energy converters are also introduced. As a result, the present review aims to help understand the CFD modelling of WSI and guide the use of OpenFOAM for target WSI problems.



How to Cite

Huang, L., Li, Y., Benites-Munoz, D., Windt, C. W., Feichtner, A., Tavakoli, S., Davidson, J., Paredes, R., Quintuna, T., Ransley, E., Colombo, M., Li, M., Cardiff, P., & Tabor, G. (2022). A Review on the Modelling of Wave-Structure Interactions Based on OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM® Journal, 2, 116–142. https://doi.org/10.51560/ofj.v2.65



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