Sloshing in Large Scale Containers

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Sloshing is a problem that cannot be ignored in engineering design, such as the layout of fuel tank suction points, the structural safety of LNG boats in waves, and the analysis of dynamic loads in liquid metal cooled reactors under seismic conditions. In a partially filled liquid container under dynamic conditions, the dynamic pressure generated by the internal liquid sloshing affects the stability and integrity of the container itself. As a rapidly developing technology, CFD has been widely used for sloshing analysis in large-scale engineering design.

These complex geometries require days and weeks of simulation setup with traditional CFD tools for an experienced engineer. With shonDy a typical sloshing simulation with a complex geometry is setup in about half a day.

The bulk of LNG ship transport containers can reach 260,000 cubic meters. When such liquefied natural gas is affected by ocean conditions, the counteraction of rocking to the hull is an issue that engineering design must consider. In the nuclear field, liquid metal coolants such as LBE or lead, which have high densities, will interact with the pressure vessel under seismic conditions. The shaking liquid metal will generate a large dynamic load on the internal structures of the reactor. The magnitude of this dynamic load is related to the frequency and amplitude of the earthquake and the structural design within the reactor. LNG ships and LBE reactors are large-scale engineering vessels. The most important engineering problem under sloshing conditions is the dynamic pressure load inside the vessel.

Using our advanced simulation software shonDy, you only need to simply import the geometric model of the container and the initial area of ​​the fluid, and then input the displacement velocity and angular velocity of the container over time, and you can quickly start the calculation. No meshing and VOF models are needed. shonDy naturally calculates the free interface of the fluid.

In order to verify the accuracy of shonDy, the SPHERIC experiment conducted by A. Souto-Iglesias (2011) was used as a Benchmark study. In this experiment, a rectangular vessel was partially filled with dyed liquid. The vessel swayed left and right around the center point of the bottom. The angular velocity was sinusoidal, and the maximum rotation angle was 6 degrees. Pressure detectors were installed on the side walls and on the top of the test vessel to record changes in wall pressure over time.

Comparison of wave shapes: Experimental photographs(A. Souto-Iglesias (2011)) and simulation results by shonDy.
Comparison of dynamic pressure load: Experimental data and a simulation with shonDy.

The simulation results show that shonDy can accurately obtain the free water surface and dynamic load of the liquid under sloshing conditions.

The following is a demonstration of two engineering applications simulated with shonDy:

LNG tank sloshing.
LBE coolant sloshing in advanced reactor.
Pressure field in LBE reactor (more than 6 million particles).