Exploring the physics of parallel water entry
The study of the hydrodynamic characteristics of water entry helps address various issues in engineering and natural sciences. These include the smarter design of marine vessels and floating platforms to reduce slamming loads, and the design of more accurate free-surface flow measurement devices. It also helps explain why a diving bird does not get injured when it collides with water at a high speed. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the WE-EXPERTH project will study the parallel and simultaneous water entry of two spheres impacting on a water surface. Since parallel water entry is a highly nonlinear and unsteady process, a thorough investigation has the potential to reveal various scientific and practical insights.