Experimental Studies and Numerical Modeling of Copper Nets in Marine Environment



Copper alloy netting is increasingly used for offshore aquaculture, harbor protection and other marine applications. Its advantageous characteristics include high resistance to biofouling and increased strength compared to polymer nets. However, the hydrodynamic properties of copper nets are not well studied. In this paper, the results of experimental studies of drag forces on copper alloy net panels are reported. Based on these studies, empirical values for drag coefficients are proposed for various types of copper nets, and compared to the corresponding data for polymer netting. It is shown that copper nets exhibit significantly lower resistance to the current flow which corresponds to lower values of drag coefficient. Coefficients obtained from the experiments are incorporated into the finite element program Aqua-FE, developed at the University of New Hampshire for analysis of flexible structures subjected to waves and currents in marine environment. The results of the numerical simulations for a small volume fish cage, subjected to two different sets of environmental conditions, are analyzed to compare how introduction of copper netting instead of traditional nylon nets affects the dynamic response of the system.

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International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering



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