Dynamics of Single Point Mooring in Deep Water

by John H. Nath, (M.ASCE), Res. Engr.; Dept. of Oceanography, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR,
Michael P. Felix, Dynamics Engr.; General Dynamics-Convair Div., San Diego, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 815-833

Document Type: Journal Paper


The dynamics of a single point mooring of an oceanographic disc buoy with diameter of forty feet were investigated in ocean waves, current and wind for water depths in the order of 10,000 to 20,000 feet. A numerical model was developed to simulate the motion of the buoy and the nylon mooring line. The buoy motion and position were determined at each time increment from integrating the differential equations that arise from considering the buoy to be a rigid body and applying Newton's second law of motion. The solution for the dynamics of the line was developed by integrating the differential equations of motion by utilizing the method of charateristics. The results from the numerical analysis compared favorably with measurements of dynamic line tension for a mooring in 13,000 feet of water near Bermuda.

Subject Headings: Equations of motion | Numerical models | Rigid body dynamics | Mooring | Water management | Ocean waves | Differential equations | Numerical analysis | Bermuda | Caribbean

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