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In the present study, the effect of free surface on the hydrodynamic forces acting on the motion of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has been investigated. The AUV is powered by solar energy. Using computational fluid dynamics, the Reynolds averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) equations for the flow around the AUV are solved, and the free surface effect is simulated using the volume of fluid (VOF) two-phase flow model. For this purpose, the commercial code ANSYS FLUENT 18 was used . Thedoi:10.24423/cames.301 fatcat:etejjvx6yncmplcmk7ofpawzem