Ship staff wind comfort and wind safety in the walkways of containerships and case study for a feeder containership


SHIPS AND OFFSHORE STRUCTURES, vol.17, no.4, pp.920-938, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17445302.2021.1979724
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Applied Science & Technology Source, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.920-938
  • Keywords: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), wind safety, ship aerodynamics, naval wind environment, FREE-SURFACE FLOW, OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES, LOADS, VALIDATION, SIMULATION
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents the investigation of wind speeds on the walkways of a feeder container ship with 3D steady RANS CFD simulations and examining them in terms of wind comfort and safety. Wind velocity profiles on walkways are studied by simulating a steady ship speed of 17 knots (8.75 m/s) with different atmospheric wind directions and atmospheric wind speeds. Wind velocities up to 21.8 m/s were measured by numerically simulating the walkways on the ship. Especially winds that coming from bow directions may create higher effective wind velocity values on the walkways even if the atmospheric wind velocities on the ship deck are low, the effective wind velocity which is combined with the airflow due to the speed of the ship at some wind directions can exceed 10 m/s. Compared to a flat bare deck, structures around walkways can reduce the effective wind speed by up to 70%.