RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Structural Modeling of Undersea Cables

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R. H. Knapp

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 111(4), 323-330 (Nov 01, 1989) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257102 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised March 02, 1989; Online October 30, 2009


A structural model for undersea cables is described. This model has been implemented in a computer-aided design program with the capability to determine cable deformations and internal stresses in response to applied loads including tension, twist, bending, pressure and enforced displacements. Complex geometries and nonlinearly elastic material properties can also be treated. Results of a comprehensive series of physical cable tests to validate the computer code are reported.

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