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Time-Domain Investigation of a Semisubmersible in Rogue Waves

[+] Author Affiliations
Günther F. Clauss, Christian Schmittner, Katja Stutz

Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2002-28450, pp. 509-516; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/OMAE2002-28450
From:
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 2
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3612-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

Heave, pitch and roll motions as well as airgap are key characteristics of semisubmersibles in extreme seas which are defined by Ultimate Limit State design conditions (ULS) with a specified 100-year design wave height Hs and peak period Tp . The increasing number of reported rogue waves with unexpected large wave heights (Hmax /Hs > 2), crest heights (ζmax/ /Hmax > 0.6), wave steepness and group patterns (e.g. Three Sisters) may suggest a reconsideration of design codes by implementing an Accidental Limit State (ALS) with a return period of 104 years. For investigating the consequences of specific extreme sea conditions this paper analyses the seakeeping behaviour of a semisubmersible in a reported rogue wave, the Draupner New Year Wave embedded in irregular sea states. The numerical time-domain invegstigation using a panel method and potential theory is compared to frequency-domain results. In particular, the characteristics of the embedded rogue wave is varied to analyse the dynamic response of the semisubmersible in extreme wave sequences For validation, the selected sea condition is generated in a physical wave tank, and the sea-keeping behaviour of the semisubmersible is evaluated at model scale. In conclusion, the results deomstrate the consequences of rogue wave impacts, with respect to the relevance of present design methods and safety standards.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME

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