Semi-Analytical Hydrodynamics and Motions for a TLP Structure—Part I: Enhancement of Pontoon Results Using Two of Haskind’s Theorems

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T. P. Mullarkey

Department of Civil Engineering, University College, Galway, Ireland

J. F. McNamara

Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Chairman, MCS International, University College, Galway, Ireland

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 119(3), 166-177 (Aug 01, 1997) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829064 History: Received August 01, 1996; Revised February 09, 1997; Online December 17, 2007


A semi-analytical solution procedure for the derivation of first-order wave forces, added mass, and damping terms is presented for rectangular pontoons which may be floating, submerged, or resting on the seabed. The development is based on a solution matching technique for the scattered and radiated wave potentials and gradients across common boundaries of the subdivided solution domain. The final expressions are true for waves of arbitrary angle of incidence and singularities due to the case of normal incidence are eliminated. The approach is also generalized for the case where the pontoon is a unit of a TLP offshore production system by referring all quantities to a global coordinate system. Numerical results are extracted for a number of benchmark problems and compared with independent values where available in the literature. Excellent agreement is obtained for wave forces, added mass, and damping Values for cases involving floating, submerged, and bottom-founded pontoon configurations.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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