Reducing Hydroelastic Responses of Pontoon-Type VLFS using Vertical Elastic Mooring Lines

This paper is concerned with the reduction of hydroelastic responses of pontoon-type very large floating structures (VLFS) via the use of vertical elastic mooring lines connected at the fore and aft edges of VLFS to the seabed. These vertical mooring lines are used in addition to the mooring dolphin-rubber fender system that is used to restrict the horizontal movement of VLFS. The considered rectangular shaped VLFS is modeled as a Mindlin plate floating on an ideal fluid in which the linear potential theory is applicable. The hydroelastic analysis of VLFS with vertical mooring lines modeled as vertical elastic springs is performed in the frequency domain by using the hybrid finite element–boundary element (FE-BE) method. This study examines the effectiveness of vertical elastic mooring lines in reducing hydroelastic responses for various wavelengths, incident wave angles and aspect ratios. The stiffnesses of the mooring lines are optimized for maximum reduction in the hydroelastic response by using the Differential Evolution algorithm. It was found that hydroelastic responses of VLFS could be significantly reduced by using vertical elastic mooring lines with optimal stiffnesses.


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  • Accession Number: 01680665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2018 3:12PM