Numerical Investigation of Shallow Depth Sloshing Absorbers for Structural Control

Marsh, A. P., Prakash, M., Semercigil, S. E. and Turan, Ö. F. (2007). Numerical Investigation of Shallow Depth Sloshing Absorbers for Structural Control. In: Peter Jacobs, Tim McIntyre, Matthew Cleary, David Buttsworth, David Mee, Rose Clements, Richard Morgan and Charles Lemckert, 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC). 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC), Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, (1213-1220). 3-7 December, 2007.

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Author Marsh, A. P.
Prakash, M.
Semercigil, S. E.
Turan, Ö. F.
Title of paper Numerical Investigation of Shallow Depth Sloshing Absorbers for Structural Control
Conference name 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 3-7 December, 2007
Proceedings title 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher School of Engineering, The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 978-1-864998-94-8
Editor Peter Jacobs
Tim McIntyre
Matthew Cleary
David Buttsworth
David Mee
Rose Clements
Richard Morgan
Charles Lemckert
Start page 1213
End page 1220
Total pages 8
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Abstract/Summary A liquid sloshing absorber consists of a container, partially filled with liquid. The absorber is attached to the structure to be controlled, and relies on the structure’s motion to excite the liquid. Consequently, a sloshing wave is produced at the liquid free surface within the absorber, possessing energy dissipative qualities. The behaviour of liquid sloshing absorbers has been well documented, although their use in structural control applications has attracted considerably less attention. Generally it is accepted that sloshing absorbers with lower liquid levels are more effective energy dissipaters than those with higher levels, although there has not yet been a study to reveal an ‘optimum’ design mechanism. The main limitation of numerically modelling such circumstances is the inherent complexity in the free surface behaviour, predictions of which are limited when using grid-based modelling techniques. Considering such limitations, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) is used in this study to model a 2-dimensional rectangular liquid sloshing absorber. SPH is a Lagrangian method of solving the equations of fluid flow that is suitable to model liquid sloshing due its grid-free nature, and inherent ability to model complex free surface behaviour. The primary objective of this paper is to numerically demonstrate the effect of tuning a container's width, to complement previous work [6] on the effect of liquid depth. This study is in an attempt to reveal geometry that enables both effective energy transfer to sloshing liquid and to dissipate this energy quickly.
Subjects 290800 Civil Engineering
290501 Mechanical Engineering
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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