Measured and Simulated Response of a Small Semisubmersible Moored in Deep Water

by Robert F. Zueck, Naval Civil Engineering Lab, Port Hueneme, United States,
Stuart F. Pawsey, Naval Civil Engineering Lab, Port Hueneme, United States,
Steve J. Leverette, Naval Civil Engineering Lab, Port Hueneme, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Oceans V

Abstract: Small semisubmersible platform concepts are proposed for electronic tracking ranges, single-well petroleum production, and oceanographic data collection. This paper summarizes a major research effort to collect experimental data for a small semisubmersible test platform moored in deep water and to verify a general modeling capability for simulating the nonlinear motions of slender-member, deep-water compliant platforms. The results are unique in that a storm occurred which produced wave heights larger than the extreme design wave for the test platform.

Subject Headings: Water waves | Mooring | Hydrologic models | Data collection | Data processing | Model tests | Fluid-structure interaction | Tracking

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