A VIRTUAL PISTON-TYPE WAVE MAKER BASED ON OPENFOAM
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OpenFOAM is an open source CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) toolbox and recently attracts many researchers to develop codes based on it for their own applications. In order to numerically generate waves based on the wave-maker theory for a piston motion, numerical improvements have been done on the base of OpenFOAM by the author. In gen- eral, the present new tool can be employed to simulate wave generation as long as the piston motion is given. This paper presents the related computational procedure and simulations for generating relatively long finite-amplitude waves ac- cording to Madsen’s second-order wave-maker theory. The sensitivities of the computed incident wave profile to grid density and time step are investigated for the case of generating a wave with permanent form. The simulation accuracy is validated by comparison with the analytical solution and available experimental data.