Experimental determination of water motions inside a moonpool

This paper reports on the model tests of a drillship with a rectangular moonpool opening conducted in regular and irregular waves from the bow and bow-quarter. Most tests were conducted at zero speed, the rest was performed with the model towed to a speed of 10 kn. From the video-recordings and transfer functions of the measured relative water elevation inside the moonpool, the typical piston and first sloshing modes are well captured, for wave frequencies that agree relatively well with relevant formulations. A few tests conducted at varying wave amplitudes show that the water elevation is non-linear by nature, while repeat tests conducted with the moonpool fitted with two layers of side wall flanges shows that these can reduce the motion by nearly 40 %.

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January 26, 2018
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