LES applied to ship research

Krishnan Mahesh, Praveen Kumar, Aswin Gnanaskandan, Zane Nitzkorski

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Numerical simulations using the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) methodology have been widely used to study fluid problems in a variety of fields including ship research. Although computationally cheap, RANS fails to predict the fluid behavior accurately in complex flow problems where the underlying physics is dominated by unsteady complex physical phenomena. This paper discusses the use of large eddy simulation (LES) to study such complex flow physics. The predictive capability of LES is demonstrated in three complex flow problems: crashback, cavitation, and hydro-acoustics, which are of particular interest to the ship community. LES results are shown to be in good agreement with experiments for the mean and root mean square values of flow quantities in all these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-245
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ship Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Cavitation
  • Computers in design
  • Hydroacoustics
  • Hydrodynamics (propulsors)


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