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On the importance of mooring system parametrisation for accurate floating structure designs

Abstract: This paper analyses the importance of mooring design parametrisation on the dynamic behaviour of mooring loads. An exhaustive sensitivity analysis is performed to evaluate the variability of mooring loads because of inaccuracies in the definition of model inputs, including physical and numerical parameters. Results show a relevant dependence on the length and significance in other parameters, such as the weight together with the hydrodynamic equivalent diameter and the drag forces. An inaccuracy below 1% in the mooring reference length can generate loads of up to twice the design, and an incorrect definition of the weight or the drag coefficient in the mooring design can lead to a design load variability of up to 30%. Stiffness plays a crucial role in snap events, reaching load differences of 19% depending on the stiffness selected. This research is based on a set of numerical models capable of predicting the mooring system response. A dynamic numerical model with two schemes of resolution is implemented and calibrated according to an experimental test campaign. Other sources of results provided by a quasi-static model and commercial software, Sesam (DNV-GL), are incorporated. In general, the dynamic numerical models show a good accuracy with an experimental database composed by a set of 2D prescribed movement tests at the fairlead of the mooring system.

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 Fuente: Marine Structures Volume 72, July 2020, 102765

Editorial: Elsevier Science

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2020

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marstruc.2020.102765

ISSN: 1873-4170,0951-8339

Proyecto español: ENE2013-48716-R

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marstruc.2020.102765

Autores/as

CARLOS BARRERA SANCHEZ

ALVARO RODRIGUEZ LUIS

JOSE ANTONIO ARMESTO ALVAREZ