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Effect of natural seabed on hydrodynamics around cylindrical structures

This project aims at investigating flow a circular cylinder placed near a plane boundary as a fundamental fluid phenomenon and for applications of designing subsea pipelines. The proposed work will be carried out using numerical simulations. The effect of the plane boundary on flow transition from 2D to 3D, from sub-critical to critical turbulence regime will be examined.The project will derive a comprehensive set of force coefficients to predict hydrodynamic forces on pipelines that will improve the design of subsea pipelines. This research has significant benefits for the Australian subsea oil and gas industry.

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