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Experimental Results on the Combined 1st and 2nd Order Dynamics of a Small-Scale Taut-Leg Mooring Line

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Alexandre N. Simos, André L. C. Fujarra

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Fábio G. Palazzo

Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2005-67133, pp. 319-326; 8 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


A set of experimental results on the dynamics of taut-leg mooring-lines was generated by means of towing-tank tests. These results will be employed by Petrobras as an experimental paradigm for the calibration and validation of numerical codes based on finite-elements method (FEM). The setup allowed combining first and second order motions on the top of the line with different amplitudes and frequencies. The first order motions were emulated by means of circular harmonic motions while alternate horizontal translations represented the drift motions. It was also possible to emulate a uniform in-plane current profile along the suspended length of the model. The model was composed by three different segments. An intermediate rubber hawser connected the top and anchor chain segments and allowed considerable elongation of the line during the tests. Tension at the top of the model was measured by means of a load cell and the second-order motion was registered optically. This paper presents the procedure adopted for the tests and also some preliminary comparisons between experimental results and numerical simulations.

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