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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 896723, 9 pages
Research Article

Interaction of Water Waves and a Submerged Parabolic Obstacle in the Presence of a Following Uniform/Shear Current Using RANS Model

1Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
2Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
3Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan, Taiwan

Received 27 December 2013; Accepted 28 April 2014; Published 21 May 2014

Academic Editor: Shaoyong Lai

Copyright © 2014 Yen-Lung Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper simulates regular waves propagating over a submerged parabolic obstacle in the presence of a uniform/shear current using a two-dimensional numerical model, named COBRAS (Cornell Breaking and Structure). The numerical model solves the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations and the free surface deformation is tracked using the volume of fluid method (VOF). The capability of the numerical model to simulate regular waves with a uniform or shear current over a constant water depth is first validated with available analytical solutions and experimental data. Comparisons among the experimental data, analytical solutions, and present numerical results show good agreements. Then, regular waves propagating over a submerged parabolic obstacle with a following current are investigated. Detailed discussions including those on the velocity and vorticity fields and the relation between free surface and vorticity are given.