The motion of floating bodies linked elastically to the bottom of seas and waterways is of great interest in the analysis of the wave suppressing devices, such as wave breakers, and the behaviors of the floating structures, such as buoys and tension leg platforms (TLP). For the modeling of the dynamics, the coupling between the hydrodynamic loads due to waves and the restoring forces due to the elastic link must be considered. In some simpler cases, the analytical approaches are available. However, in case of large amplitude waves and floating bodies with complex geometries, the analytical solutions do not give accurate results. In the present study, a numerical model based on MPS (moving particle semi-implicit method) for the hydrodynamic loads coupled with the Hook’s Law for the restoring force is adopted to analyze the motion of floating bodies with one or several elastic links to the bottom of shallow water under large amplitude waves. Initially, the results of 2D numerical simulation of simple oscillating buoys are compared with the analytical and experimental ones to validate the numerical approach. After that, the approach is applied to the study of the shallow water wave supressing devices. Heave, surge and pitching motions of the floaters are assessed as well as the hydrodynamic coefficients to show the effect of the elastic links in the nonlinear wave hydrodynamics.

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