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The Influence of Various Structure Surface Boundary Conditions on Pressure Characteristics of Underwater Explosion

Yezhi Qin, Ying Wang, Zhikai Wang*, Xiongliang Yao

College of Shipbuilding Engineering , Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, 150001, China

* Corresponding Author: Zhikai Wang. Email:

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Soft Computing Techniques in Materials Science and Engineering)

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2021, 126(3), 1093-1123.


The shock wave of the underwater explosion can cause severe damage to the ship structure. The propagation characteristics of shock waves near the structure surface are complex, involving lots of complex phenomena such as reflection, transmission, diffraction, and cavitation. However, different structure surface boundaries have a significant effect on the propagation characteristics of pressure. This paper focuses on investigating the behavior of shock wave propagation and cavitation from underwater explosions near various structure surfaces. A coupled Runge–Kutta discontinuous Galerkin (RKDG) and finite element method (FEM) is utilized to solve the problem of the complex waves of fluids and structure dynamic response, considering the fluid compressibility. The level set (LS) method and the ghost fluid (GF) method are combined to capture the moving interface and deal with the stability of the coupling between the shock wave and structure surface. Besides, a cut-off cavitation model is introduced to the RKDG method. The validation of the numerical calculation model is discussed by comparing it with the known solution to verify the numerical solutions. Then, crucial kinds of structure surface boundary conditions include shallow-water single layer elasticity plate, double-layer crevasse elasticity plate, single layer curved elasticity plate, and double-layer curved elasticity plates are analyzed and discussed. The results and analysis can provide references for underwater explosion pressure characteristics, the impacting response of different boundary structures, and designing structures.


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Qin, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, Z., Yao, X. (2021). The Influence of Various Structure Surface Boundary Conditions on Pressure Characteristics of Underwater Explosion. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 126(3), 1093–1123.

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