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Time-Domain Simulation of Motions of Large Structures in Nonlinear Waves

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Debabrata Sen

Indian Institute of Technology, Khalagpur, India

Paper No. OMAE2002-28033, pp. 7-17; 11 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


In this paper, we discuss development of a time-domain motion simulation method for studying the interaction of nonlinear waves with large offshore structures. The computational algorithm follows a simplified numerical wave-tank approach based upon a boundary-integral method and time-integration of boundary conditions. The simplifying approximations include linearization of the interaction hydrodynamic effects (radiation and diffraction) while the incident wave effects are considered in full. The main aim is to develop a method that will consider all important nonlinear effects associated with a large-amplitude incident wave, and yet practical enough to be applied routinely by the industry. In the time-integration of motion equations, numerical instabilities usually arise if difference rules are applied for determining pressures, due to coupling between forces and motions. To avoid this, an algorithm has been developed for the pressure evaluation. The resulting computational scheme is numerically stable for all conditions. The method can incorporate effects of other forces such as Morison forces, forces from mooring lines etc. which can be nonlinear. After providing a description of computational scheme, force and motion results for the interaction of large amplitude regular waves as well as irregular waves with two practical semisubmersible configurations are presented.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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