Solving the World’s Toughest CFD Problems

Ports & Coastal

Port, coastal, and maritime engineering involves challenging applications, ranging from major port redevelopment to coastal defenses and environmental analysis. Engineers working in these application areas must solve problems involving complex interactions between waves, structures, erosion, air entrainment, and variable density flows. With its advanced water-focused models and TruVOF free FLOW-3D HYDRO provides unique capabilities for analyzing these complex scenarios, allowing engineers to model large amplitude non-linear wave propagation over varying topography and coastal structures. FLOW-3D HYDRO is the ideal tool to analyze the performance of wave and structure interaction, including hydrodynamic loading on coastal infrastructure, wave transmission, overtopping, floating structure dynamics, and transport of coastal outfalls.


This simulation, available as a pre-loaded example in FLOW-3D HYDRO, shows the wave loading on a group of piers. The model is configured to output the force calculations for each pier. FLOW-3D HYDRO can be used to accurately model the hydrodynamic forces on piers and other coastal structures, as well as free-floating and moored structures, under a variety of wave conditions.

Ports & Coastal Focused Applications

Coastal structures

Overtopping and wave run up

Wave energy

Breakwaters & wave transmission


Inland waterways

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