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Response-Based Estimation of Sea State Parameters

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Ulrik D. Nielsen

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Paper No. OMAE2007-29672, pp. 797-805; 9 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


Reliable estimation of the on-site sea state parameters is essential to decision support systems for safe navigation of ships. The sea state parameters can be estimated by Bayesian Modelling which uses complex-valued frequency response functions (FRF) to estimate the wave spectrum on the basis of measured ship responses. It is therefore interesting to investigate how the filtering aspect, introduced by FRF, affects the final outcome of the estimation procedures. The paper contains a study based on numerical generated time series, and the study shows that filtering has an influence on the estimations, since high frequency components of the wave excitations are not estimated as accurately as lower frequency components. Moreover, the paper investigates how the final outcome of the Bayesian Modelling is influenced by the accuracy of the FRF. Thus, full-scale data is analysed by use of FRF calculated by a 3-D time domain code and by closed-form (analytical) expressions, respectively. Based on comparisons with wave radar measurements and satellite measurements it is seen that the wave estimations based on closed-form expressions exhibit a reasonable energy content, but the distribution of energy appears to be incorrect.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Seas



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