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On the Model Scaling of Polyester Mooring Lines for Offshore Applications

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Antonio Carlos Fernandes

COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Ronaldo Rosa Rossi

Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2002-28547, pp. 779-782; 4 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


With the introduction of the polyester ropes as mooring lines of large systems such as semi-submersibles, the need to simulate these lines in model tests became a necessity. Although the non-linear behavior is clear, depending on the type of cycling, the polyester rope responds in ways that may be considered linear as a steel wire rope. Because of that, the early model tests have been performed using a linear restoring capability, with different restoring coefficients. The use of equivalent springs seemed the proper way. However, with the help of fundamental investigation on the similarity laws, the present work shows that the use of very thin polyester lines in model scaling is feasible and will indeed allow a closer physical representation. By avoid using springs, but using the same material as in full scale, the same non-linear behavior is present during the tests and even the response to random excitation due to random waves is better represented. The paper closely describes the application of these ideas in a model test of a FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) comparing both the linear springs and new approach with the model scale equivalent polyester line.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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