Marine Technical Committee

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The mission of the Marine Technical Committee is to recommend OpenFOAM developments relevant for the the marine domain, to assess OpenFOAM validation, and to nurture involvement of OpenFOAM Community.

Members of the Committee

There are currently eight committee members, led by Kevin Maki, who acts as chairman.

  • Kevin Maki: Chair, ship hydrodynamics.
  • Mattias Liefvendahl: Naval hydrodynamics, LES, propulsion, ship-generated noise.
  • Zhirong Shen: ship and offshore hydrodynamics, Overset mesh.
  • Gabriel Barajas Ojeda: IHFoam, coastal hydrodynamics.
  • Johan Roenby: Geometric Volume-of-Fluid (isoAdvector), Fluid-Structure Interaction.
  • Lex Mulcahy: cavitation, propulsion.
  • Niels Jacobsen: waves2Foam, coastal hydrodynamics.
  • Tobias Huuva: propulsion, cavitation.

How to contact us

If you would like to contribute to the Marine Application Technical Committee Mission, please send an email to the entire committee at [1]. The chairman will process incoming emails and provide an appropriate response.

Marine Application Validation Resources

Section under construction

This section will have resources that document the capability of OpenFOAM for different test cases in the Marine domain. The committee warmly welcomes contributions from the community at large. If you would like to contribute, please contact the committee via email [2].

  • Cavitation
    • 2D hydrofoil

  • Waves
    • shallow-water regular wave (generation, propagation and absorption)
    • deep-water regular wave (generation, propagation and absorption)
    • Crest velocity field
    • Streamfunction wave in periodic box with period equal to wave length or N wavelengths
    • Breaking of waves (over a mild gravel sloped, etc.)

  • Fluid-6DoF interaction
    • Free light/heavy circular body rising/falling with constant acceleration in inviscid fluid due to buoyancy+gravity (both morphing mesh and overset)

  • Wave Loads
    • Solitary wave run-up on vertical wall
    • For coastal structure stability (breakwater)

  • Ship Hydrodynamics (Cases from SIMMAN and CFD workshops)
    • calm-water resistance
    • seakeeping
    • maneuvering
    • energy saving devices

  • Turbulence modelling

  • Mooring modelling
    • taunt, catenary.

  • Interaction of Water Waves with Porous Coastal Structures
    • wave interaction with superstructures (rubble-mound breakwater, vertical breakwaters, Porous and Impermeable Vertical Barriers, etc).


  • Wave-Vegetation interaction:
    • wave interaction with mangrove forests (solitary, Tsunami, etc).

  • Second Order Wave Generation:
    • wave focusing, groups.