Comparison of Potential Theory and Morison Equation for Deformable Horizontal Cylinders

Chungkuk Jin

Department of Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University, Texas, the United States


Copyright © 2022 Chungkuk Jin. Published by Nan Yang Academy of Sciences Pte. Ltd.

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This study investigates the hydro-elastic behaviors of fully submerged horizontal cylinders in different regular waves. Two methods were proposed and compared in this study. The first method was based on potential theory in frequency domain and the discrete-module-beam (DMB) method, which discretizes a floating elastic structure into a sufficient number of rigid bodies while simultaneously representing the elastic behavior from beam elements with Euler-Bernoulli beam and Saint-Venant torsion. Moreover, the Morison method in time domain was employed; this method estimates wave forces from the semi-empirical Morison equation, and the elastic behavior is embodied by massless axial, bending, and torsional springs.Various parametric studies on cylinder diameter, submergence depth, and wave direction were conducted. Wave forces, dry/wet mode shapes/natural frequencies, and dynamic motions are presented and analyzed.

Keywords: Wave force, Discrete-module-beam method Potential theory, Morison equation, Horizontal cylinder


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