The marine environment is an area where CFD has been used to address a wide-range of complex fluid flow problems. Almost all areas of human activity have some direct and quantifiable influence on the marine environment, from the need to dispose of treated wastewater, through marine resource exploitation, to the requirements of port and estuary developments and issues relating to coastal-zone protection. At the inter-tidal zones of our oceans many issues combine to create a complex reality that requires detailed analysis to separate fact-from-fiction and to achieve the best possible level of understanding.
CFD can provide insights into many different aspects of marine environmental problems. For example, coastal circulation models covering many thousands of square kilometres can be built, or the response of an estuary to the development of a port can be studied. With judicious use of CFD analysis, in conjunction with field measurement and validation, effective and appropriate responses to a wide variety of marine environmental concerns can be developed.
Specific examples of CFD's application in the marine environment include the improvement of separators used on oil production platforms, oil-spill modeling, and the improved design of ocean going vessels. CFD is equally capable of simulating the wind-flow and forcing on coastal structures. The increased use of estuaries and the near-shore zone for mariculture (fish and shellfish farming) have their own impacts on the marine environment, and again CFD has provided solutions that enable remedial action to be taken to minimize the environmental impact the these operations.
Some of the marine environmental problems we have solved with CFD are described in the links from this page. Contact Blue Hill Hydraulics to find out how to solve your problems.