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Estimation of Damping Coefficients of Moonpools for Monocolumn Type Units

[+] Author Affiliations
Marcos Cueva, Edgard Borges Malta, Kazuo Nishimoto

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Ana Paula Costa

Petrobras/CENPES/MC, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2005-67332, pp. 665-671; 7 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


The use of moonpools in offshore technology are normally related to the hull opening in drilling units with the objective to have easy installation process and protect drilling equipment from environmental forces, and it is desirable the minimum motion of the water inside the moonpool, avoiding water impacts when lowering an equipment. Several studies, refs. /7,10,11,12,13/, have been carried out to predict the water dynamics inside the moonpool using analytical and experimental tools, this last due to the high viscous influence in the responses, and the study of coupled dynamics of floating units with moonpools have been presented in previous works (refs. /1,2,3,8,9,17/), with especial focus on FPSO’s and Monocolumn type units. In the present study, the objective is to verify the reliability of numerical approach in heave dynamic evaluation of monocolumns. With this approach the objective is to tune the natural period the floater and moonpool. Two monocolumn example units were numerically calculated using WAMIT software, making possible to verify the 6 degree of freedom of the unit and the 3 of the moonpool. As the software does not evaluate viscous forces, decay tests were performed in order to verify the external viscous damping to be considered in the numerical calculations. The calibrated numerical model transfer functions (RAO) were compared with regular and transient wave tests, where heave and moonpool heave amplitudes could be compared.

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Topics: Damping



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