Analysis of hydroelastic slamming of flexible structures: Modeling and experiments

Adel Shams, Sam Zhao, Maurizio Porfiri

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With the growing interest in the integration of lightweight composite materials in marine vessels, the study of hydroelastic slamming becomes of paramount importance. Here, we propose an integrated theoretical and experimental approach to elucidate the physics of slamming during both the water entry and exit of flexible wedges. The deformation of the wedge is described through Euler-Bernoulli beam theory and the fluid flow is modelled using a combination of the classical Wagner and von Karman theories. Experiments are conducted on a wedge with 25° deadrise angle, whose motion is controlled using a pneumatic control system. The pressure field in the fluid is reconstructed from particle image velocimetry data by integrating incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Experimental results confirm that the free surface elevation during water exit is significantly different than entry and the pressure is larger than the atmospheric pressure during water entry, while it may be less than atmospheric pressure during the exit stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1484-1488
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2017
Event10th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2017 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Sep 10 2017Sep 13 2017


  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Hull slamming
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Water entry/exit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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