ACUSIM Offshore CFD Seminar at OMAE 2009

By: Shing Pan
Publication Date: 19 May 2009

Recent Developments in CFD Applications to Vortex Induced Vibration

ACUSIM Software in conjunction with its partners/sponsors, Microsoft Corporation and Red Wing Engineering cordially invite you to a free seminar on Recent Developments in Offshore CFD Applications.

Left: Model Basin Model for SPAR VIM Data         Right: CFD Model & Results

Top: Physical Surface Roughness on Hull
Bottom: CFD Modeling of Surface Roughness


This three hour free seminar provides an opportunity to learn of recent advances in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to solve vortex induced vibration (VIV) and related problems running in a Windows HPC Server 2008 environment. It is intended to provide a review of our current understanding of this application and includes many recent developments not found in current texts.

The seminar begins with a brief overview of the physics of VIV and CFD methods. Special emphasis is placed on solving fluid-structure interaction such as VIV and vortex induced motion (VIM). Real world examples are used to illustrate practical considerations and also the limitations in current technology. Comparisons between CFD and experiments will be discussed along with the use of CFD to enhance or replace physical testing.


  • Sunday, May 31, 2009
  • 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • Kahuku Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
    (OMAE 2009 Conference Hotel)
    2255 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815-2579
    Ph: (808)922-4422
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended to give managers (business, project, and IT) and engineers an understanding of the most recent developments in CFD and Windows HPC Server 2008 applied to the offshore industry. It should also be useful to managers who want to understand how CFD can enhance engineering department effectiveness.


Session I: "CFD methods and VIV physics" 50 minutes (Dr. Holmes)

  • Some observations from nature
  • Simulating vortex induced vibration - what is important?
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Special characteristics of offshore problems

Break: 10 minutes

Session II: "Fluid Structure Interaction" 45 minutes (Dr. Jaiman)

  • Problem development - why is FSI necessary?
  • Coupling technologies
  • Riser VIV - modeling long risers

Break: 15 minutes

Session III: "Problems and Challenges" 45 minutes (Dr. Holmes)

  • Spar VIM
    • Centerwell fluid motions
  • Drillstring vibration
  • Integrating experiments with model basin tests

Presenter Profiles

Dr. Samuel Holmes

  • Currently president of Red Wing Engineering, Inc.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
  • M.S. Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Drexel University
  • Work experience: Dr. Holmes’ work experience includes 18 years at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the study of fluid mechanics, shock waves, nonlinear structural response and wave propagation, 2 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) including the study of two phase flows, 5 years at Centric Engineering Systems, a developer of the multi-physics finite element solver SPECTRUM, 7 years at Applied Research Associates and 1 year at ACUSIM Software. The focus of Dr. Holmes’ recent work has been on the solution of multi-physics and offshore VIV and VIM problems.
  • Over 45 refereed publications
  • Dr. Rajeev Jaiman

  • Currently Lead Developer, ACUSIM Software Inc.
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Work Experience: Dr Jaiman has been at ACUSIM Software since 2006 and has developed new technologies related to direct coupling of fluids and structural analysis codes with a specialization in applying said co-simulation technology to the simulation of offshore problems.
  • For questions, please contact Shing Pan at or (650)743-3813.


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    Participating Partner