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A Simplified Model for the Study of Dynamic Coupling Effects in Deepwater Floating Structures

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Ying Min Low, Robin S. Langley

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. OMAE2005-67062, pp. 147-156; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4195-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


As the exploitation of hydrocarbon moves towards deeper waters, the global dynamic response of a floating production system needs to be predicted with coupled analysis methods to ensure accuracy and reliability. Two types of coupling can be identified: one is between the floating platform and the mooring lines/risers, while the other is between the mean offset, the wave frequency and the low frequency motions of the system. At present, it is unfeasible to employ fully coupled time domain analysis on a routine basis due to prohibitive computational time. This has spurred the development of more efficient methods that account for the various couplings, including frequency domain approaches. It is paramount for the complex coupling mechanisms to be well understood before appropriate simplifications and assumptions can be made. In this paper, a simplified two degree-of-freedom system representing the surge motion of a vessel and the fundamental vibration mode of the lines is examined which captures the important underlying physics. Within this framework, the frequency domain equations are rigorously formulated, and the nonlinearities in the restoring forces and drag are stochastically linearized. The model allows key coupling effects to be identified: among other things, the equations demonstrate how the wave frequency dynamics of the mooring lines are coupled to the low frequency motions of the vessel. Subsequently, the effects of making certain simplifications are investigated through a series of frequency domain spectral analyses, and comparisons are made to simulations in the time domain. The work highlights the effect of certain common approximations, and recommendations are made regarding the development of efficient modeling techniques.

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