RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Mooring Systems: A State-of-the-Art Review

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R. A. Skop

Division of Applied Marine Physics and Ocean Engineering, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Fla. 33149

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 110(4), 365-372 (Nov 01, 1988) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257074 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised January 28, 1988; Online October 30, 2009


A mooring system is any system of cables and anchors used to restrain the motion of a fixed or floating structure by transmitting the forces on the structure to the seafloor. Examples of mooring systems range from the simple single-anchor, single-line system used to restrain meteorological buoys to the complex systems used to restrain tension leg platforms and guyed towers for deepwater oil operations. In this paper, a state-of-the-art review regarding the behavior of cables as mooring system components, the types and selection of cables, and the various classes of anchors and their applications is presented.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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