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Transit Draft Heave and Pitch Motion Analysis of the Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) Using Reverse MI/SO Techniques

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Jeffrey Falzarano, Jun Cheng, William Rodrigues

University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Paper No. OMAE2002-28176, pp. 369-381; 13 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


A major design feature of the Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) is its ability to transit anywhere in the world in the required time frame. This means that the MOB must be able to transit in severe environmental conditions. In these extreme sea conditions, a primary cause for concern is the large accelerations that the vessel motions might experience due to the high static stability of the MOB at Transit Draft. Furthermore, since the vessel has minimum freeboard in this condition, it is exposed to green water over the pontoon tops. The submergence of the pontoon deck causes a considerable loss in the vessel’s restoring moment. These concerns have warranted a study by the Office of Naval Research into the Transit Draft Dynamics of the MOB. A part of the research in progress involves the development of a non-linear system modeling and optimization tool utilizing Reverse MI/SO (Multiple-Input/Single Output) techniques. Reverse MI/SO is based on the statistical signal processing of the recorded time histories of the excitation and response of the non-linear multi-degree-of-freedom system. This method of analysis is functional and reliable in identifying an ideal representation of the linear and non-linear terms of the system under consideration. Reverse MI/SO is a frequency domain analysis technique that also provides coherence functions for each of the terms in the model enabling an evaluation of the correctness of the proposed integro-diffrential equation of motion representing the system.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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