Second-order steady drift of a floating triangular platform : theory and experiment

Dunphy, Patricia (1989) Second-order steady drift of a floating triangular platform : theory and experiment. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

As ocean industries have grown to demand larger offshore vessels achieving ever increasing levels of performance, the need for a better understanding of the phenomena which govern motions and loading of these structures has been recognized. These motions and forces are a result of complex environmental conditions including ice, wind, current and waves. A significant part of the environmental loading is due to waves. -- In general wave loading on a structure is a complex non-linear process of which the first- and second-order (in wave amplitude) components are of main interest. The steady second-order component of drift force may cause large excursions of the structure and therefore must be seriously considered in the design considerations of mooring and dynamic positioning systems. -- In this thesis second-order mean drift forces on a triangular floating structure in regular waves are calculated utilizing far field potential theory. These computed forces are compared to those measured during testing of a 1:200 scale model of a moored triangular body. This is done in an attempt to decide whether mooring forces can be reasonably estimated for such a structure. -- It was concluded that the mean drift forces can be reasonably well predicted using the method presented. Therefore this method can be used as an aid in the design process.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5413
Item ID: 5413
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 94-98.
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: 1989
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Ocean waves--Mathematical models; Offshore structures--Hydrodynamics

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