A semi-analytical computation of the Kelvin kernel for potential flows with a free surface


Computational & Applied Mathematics




A semi-analytical computation of the three dimensional Green function for seakeeping flow problems is proposed. A potential flow model is assumed with an harmonic dependence on time and a linearized free surface boundary condition. The multiplicative Green function is expressed as the product of a time part and a spatial one. The spatial part is known as the Kelvin kernel, which is the sum of two Rankine sources and a wave-like kernel, being the last one written using the Haskind-Havelock representation. Numerical efficiency is improved by an analytical integration of the two Rankine kernels and the use of a singularity subtractive technique for the Haskind-Havelock integral, where a globally adaptive quadrature is performed for the regular part and an analytic integration is used for the singular one. The proposed computation is employed in a low order panel method with flat triangular elements. As a numerical example, an oscillating floating unit hemisphere in heave and surge modes is considered, where analytical and semi-analytical solutions are taken as a reference.

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