Wave Effects on Offshore Structures?Some Recent Research

by Michael Isaacson, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Oceans V


The present paper summarizes methods of estimating wave effects on offshore structures, and highlights a selection of recent related research. Initially, certain aspects relating to the incident waves are indicated, including a consideration of wave data requirements with respect to various design problems. Estimation methods are then described in turn for slender member structures and large structures. Various modifications and extensions to the fundamental approaches used are identified, and emphasis is given to describing recent developments relating to a number of these.

Subject Headings: Offshore structures | Water waves | Wave action | Fluid-structure interaction | Wave forces | Structural design | Hydrodynamics

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