The present study describes the application of the particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique for the reconstruction of hydrodynamic pressures and loads on a ship model from measured velocity fields during towing tank tests. As an alternative to conventional pressure and force measurement techniques the method simultaneously pictures the velocity field and captures the dynamic aspect of the flow. The presented measurements are conducted in the transom region of a generic hull of a planing vessel which is equipped with an interceptor to create a stagnating flow, associated with a high pressure peak. The flow close to the hull is captured with an underwater stereoscopic PIV system and the pressure peak in front of the interceptor is reconstructed from time-averaged velocity fields. Results show the effect of different interceptor heights on the pressure distribution in the center-plane of the model. Further, a 3D flow field is reconstructed from scanning PIV measurements to analyze the lift reduction due to the finite span of the interceptor. The spatial variation of the measurement uncertainty is analyzed and propagated to the pressure field uncertainty and the potential of the method is further evaluated by comparison with numerical results from steady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-292
JournalOcean Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Interceptor, PIV uncertainty, Pressure reconstruction, Underwater PIV

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