ISSN  0890-5487 CN 32-1441/P

2013 Vol.(5)

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Numerical Simulations and Model Tests of the Mooring Characteristic of A Tension Leg Platform Under Random Waves
GU Jia-yang, YANG Jian-min, Lü Hai-ning
2013, (5): 563-578.
Analyzing the dynamic response and calculating the tendon tension of the mooring system are necessary for the structural design of a tension leg platform (TLP). The six-degree-of-freedom dynamic coupling responses and the mooring characteristics of TLP under random waves are studied by using a self-developed program. Results are verified by the 1?40 scaling factor model test conducted in the State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering at Shanghai JiaoTong University. The mean, range, and standard deviation of the numerical simulation and model test are compared. The influences of different sea states and wave approach angles on the dynamic response and tendon tension of the mooring system are investigated. The acceleration in the center and corner of the deck is forecasted.
Modeling of Propagation and Transformation of Transient Nonlinear Waves on A Current
Wojciech Sulisz, Maciej Paprota
2013, (5): 579-592.
A novel theoretical approach is applied to predict the propagation and transformation of transient nonlinear waves on a current. The problem was solved by applying an eigenfunction expansion method and the derived semi-analytical solution was employed to study the transformation of wave profile and the evolution of wave spectrum arising from the nonlinear interactions of wave components in a wave train which may lead to the formation of very large waves. The results show that the propagation of wave trains is significantly affected by a current. A relatively small current may substantially affect wave train components and the wave train shape. This is observed for both opposing and following current. The results demonstrate that the application of the nonlinear model has a substantial effect on the shape of a wave spectrum. A train of originally linear and very narrow-banded waves changes its one-peak spectrum to a multi-peak one in a fairly short distance from an initial position. The discrepancies between the wave trains predicted by applying the linear and nonlinear models increase with the increasing wavelength and become significant in shallow water even for waves with low steepness. Laboratory experiments were conducted in a wave flume to verify theoretical results. The free-surface elevations recorded by a system of wave gauges are compared with the results provided by the nonlinear model. Additional verification was achieved by applying a Fourier analysis and comparing wave amplitude spectra obtained from theoretical results with experimental data. A reasonable agreement between theoretical results and experimental data is observed for both amplitudes and phases. The model predicts fairly well multi-peak spectra, including wave spectra with significant nonlinear wave components.
Solitary Wave Propagation Influenced by Submerged Breakwater
WANG Jin, ZUO Qi-hua, WANG Deng-ting, Shirin Shukrieva
2013, (5): 593-604.
The form of Boussinesq equation derived by Nwogu (1993) using velocity at an arbitrary distance and surface elevation as variables is used to simulate wave surface elevation changes. In the numerical experiment, water depth was divided into five layers with six layer interfaces to simulate velocity at each layer interface. Besides, a physical experiment was carried out to validate numerical model and study solitary wave propagation. “Water column collapsing” method (WCCM) was used to generate solitary wave. A series of wave gauges around an impervious breakwater were set-up in the flume to measure the solitary wave shoaling, run-up, and breaking processes. The results show that the measured data and simulated data are in good agreement. Moreover, simulated and measured surface elevations were analyzed by the wavelet transform method. It shows that different wave frequencies stratified in the wavelet amplitude spectrum. Finally, horizontal and vertical velocities of each layer interface were analyzed in the process of solitary wave propagation through submerged breakwater.
Intermittency of Wind Wave Group Breaking
LEI Shu-he, XUE Chuan, TIAN Wen-jing, GUAN Chang-long
2013, (5): 605-614.
Knowledge on intermittency of wave breaking is so far limited to a few summary statistics, while the probability distribution of time interval between breaking events can provide a full view of intermittency. Based on a series of experiments on wind wave breaking, such probability distributions are investigated. Breaking waves within a wave group were taken as a single breaking event according to recent studies. Interval between successive wave groups with breaker is the focus of this paper. For intervals in our experiments with different fetch and wind conditions, their distributions are all skewed and weighted on small intervals. Results of Kolmogorov–Smirnov tests on time series of these intervals indicate that they all follow gamma distribution, and some are even exponential type. Average breaking-group-interval decreases with friction velocity and significant steepness until the wind is strong enough; most of them are more than 10 times the dominant wave period. Group breaking probability proposed by Babanin recently and the average number of breaking waves in wave groups are also discussed, and they are seemingly more reasonable and sensitive than traditional breaking probability defined in terms of single wave.
Effects of Perforated Baffle on Reducing Sloshing in Rectangular Tank: Experimental and Numerical Study
XUE Mi-an, LIN Peng-zhi, ZHENG Jin-hai, MA Yu-xiang, YUAN Xiao-li, Viet-Thanh NGUYEN
2013, (5): 615-628.
A liquid sloshing experimental rig driven by a wave-maker is designed and built to study liquid sloshing problems in a rectangular liquid tank with perforated baffle. A series of experiments are conducted in this experimental rig to estimate the free surface fluctuation and pressure distribution by changing external excitation frequency of the shaking table. An in-house CFD code is also used in this study to simulate the liquid sloshing in three-dimensional (3D) rectangular tank with perforated baffle. Good agreements of free surface elevation and pressure between the numerical results and the experimental data are obtained and presented. Spectral analysis of the time history of free surface elevation is conducted by using the fast Fourier transformation.
Dynamic Motion and Tension of Marine Cables Being Laid During Velocity Change of Mother Vessels
XU Xue-song, WANG Sheng-wei, LIAN Lian
2013, (5): 629-644.
Flexible segment model (FSM) is adopted for the dynamics calculation of marine cable being laid. In FSM, the cable is divided into a number of flexible segments, and nonlinear governing equations are listed according to the moment equilibriums of the segments. Linearization iteration scheme is employed to obtain the numerical solution for the governing equations. For the cable being laid, the payout rate is calculated from the velocities of all segments. The numerical results are shown of the dynamic motion and tension of marine cables being laid during velocity change of the mother vessels.
Air-Floating Towing Behaviors of Multi-Bucket Foundation Platform
LE Cong-huan, DING Hong-yan, ZHANG Pu-yang
2013, (5): 645-658.
Air-floating towing behaviors of multi-bucket foundation platform (MBFP) are investigated with the 1/20-scale model tests and hydrodynamic software MOSES. MOSES numerical model was validated by test results, and MOSES prototype model of MBFP can eliminate scale effect of model. The influences of towing factors of towing speed, water depth, freeboard, and wave direction on air-floating towing stability of MBFP were analyzed by model tests and validated MOSES prototype model. It is shown that the reduction of towing speed can effectively decrease the towing force and surge acceleration to improve towing stability. Water depth is another factor in towing stability. Obvious shallow water effect will appear in shallow water with small water depth-draft ratio and it will disappear gradually and air-floating towing becomes more stable with the increase of water depth. Accelerations of surge, sway and heave are small and they have modest changes when freeboard increases from 0.5 to 2 m. For MBFP, the freeboard is not suggested to be larger than 2 m in following wave. Wave direction has large influence on the towing stability, the surge acceleration and towing force are sensitive to the variation of wave direction, the surge acceleration and towing force in following wave (0?) and counter wave (180?) are much larger than that in transverse sea (90? and 270?).
Observations of Freak Waves in Random Wave Field in 2D Experimental Wave Flume
LI Jin-xuan, LI Peng-fei, LIU Shu-xue
2013, (5): 659-670.
Long time series of wave field are experimentally simulated by JONSWAP spectra with random phases in a 2D wave flume. Statistic properties of wave surface, such as significant wave height, skewness and kurtosis, are analyzed, and the freak wave occurrence probability and its relations with Benjamin?Feir index (BFI) are also investigated. The results show that the skewness and the kurtosis are significantly dependent on the wave steepness, and the kurtosis increases along the flume when BFI is large. The freak waves are observed in random wave groups. They occur more frequently than expected, especially for the wave groups with large BFI.
Developing Serpent-Type Wave Generators to Create Solitary Wave Simulations with BEM
Wen-Kai WENG, Ruey-Syan SHIH, Chung-Ren CHOU
2013, (5): 671-682.
Developing serpent-type wave generators to generate solitary waves in a 3D-basin was investigated in this study. Based on the Lagrangian description with time-marching procedures and finite differences of the time derivative, a 3D multiple directional wave basin with multidirectional piston wave generators was developed to simulate ocean waves by using BEM with quadrilateral elements and wave problems with fully nonlinear water surface conditions. The simulations of perpendicular solitary waves in the first instance to verify this scheme. Furthermore, the comparison of the waveform variations confirms that the estimation of 3D solitary waves is a feasible scheme.
A Finite Element Cable Model and Its Applications Based on the Cubic Spline Curve
FANG Zi-fan, HE Qing-song, XIANG Bing-fei, XIAO Hua-pan, HE Kong-de, DU Yi-xian
2013, (5): 683-692.
For accurate prediction of the deformation of cable in the towed system, a new finite element model is presented that provides a representation of both the bending and torsional effects. In this paper, the cubic spline interpolation function is applied as the trial solution. By using a weighted residual approach, the discretized motion equations for the new finite element model are developed. The model is calculated with the computation program complier by Matlab. Several numerical examples are presented to illustrate the numerical schemes. The results of numerical simulation are stable and valid, and consistent with the mechanical properties of the cable. The model can be applied to kinematics analysis and the design of ocean cable, such as mooring lines, towing, and ROV umbilical cables.
High Precision Fiber SINS with Spin Technology
SUN Wei, SUN Feng, WANG Da-xue
2013, (5): 693-702.
Fiber strapdown inertial navigation system (FSINS) is presently used in several applications related to marine navigation. However, the absolute position from FSINS contains the error that increases with time, which prevents its long-term use for the ship cruise. In order to improve the performance of FSINS based on our present inertial sensors, the spin technology was proposed in the system to mitigate the navigation errors and a prototype of the proposed system was developed in Navigation Lab. The prototype contains the IMU, temperature controller, rotating configuration, navigation and I/O electronics group, control and display, power supply subsystem and other modules. In the proposed spin technology, the IMU is rotated back and forth in azimuth through four orthogonal positions relative to the ship’s longitudinal axis. Experimental testing was conducted for the prototype in the laboratory and the results showed that the RFSINS’s navigation performance is improved 10 times.

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