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The Effect of Aircushion Division on the Structural Loads of Large Floating Offshore Structures

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J. L. F. van Kessel, J. A. Pinkster

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2007-29513, pp. 687-696; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 4: Materials Technology; Ocean Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4270-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The effect of aircushion division on the structural loads of large floating offshore structures is described and compared with that of a rectangular barge having the same dimensions. Calculations are based on a linear three-dimensional potential method using a linear adiabatic law for the air pressures inside the cushions. The water surface within the aircushions and the mean wetted surface are modelled by panel distributions representing oscillating sources. In the presented cases the structural loads include the wave induced bending moments and shear forces along the length of the structure. Aircushions significantly influence the behaviour of large floating structures in waves and consequently reduce the bending moments. The internal loads of different configurations of aircushion supported structures are described and compared with those of a rectangular barge having the same dimensions. The significant reduction of the bending moments shows that aircushion support can be of interest for large floating structures.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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