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Response Characteristics of a Trailer Type Multi-Connected Barge System in Waves

[+] Author Affiliations
Kunihiro Ikegami, Guo Zhang

Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Nagasaki, Japan

Makoto Ohta

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Nagasaki, Japan

Masami Matsuura

Choryo Engineering Co., Ltd., Nagasaki, Japan

Kazuki Toshimitsu

Toshimitsu Ship Design Consultant Co., Ltd., Nagasaki, Japan

Satoshi Nagaosa

Fukken Industry Ltd., Fukuoka, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2008-57615, pp. 499-509; 11 pages
  • ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 6: Nick Newman Symposium on Marine Hydrodynamics; Yoshida and Maeda Special Symposium on Ocean Space Utilization; Special Symposium on Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Estoril, Portugal, June 15–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4823-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3821-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A trailer type multi-connected barge system is a new type of ocean transportation system composed of several barges connected to each other with a mechanical connecting device and a tug ship. To design the trailer type multi-connected barge system, it is necessary to grasp the exact response characteristics of the trailer type multi-connected barge system in waves. A model basin test was conducted for the trailer type multi-connected barge system in waves. In the model basin test, the tug ship and three barges were connected to each other by the mechanical connecting device, and the tug ship towed three barges in waves. As a result, the response characteristics of the trailer type multi-connected barge system in waves were obtained. A non-linear phenomenon of a longitudinal connecting force caused by relative pitch motions of barges was observed. A way to avoid the non-linear phenomenon and reduce the longitudinal connecting force could be found, and the realization of the trailer type multi-connected barge system was experimentally confirmed.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Waves



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