Author J.E.W.Wichers and R.H.M. Huijsmans
Title The Contribution of Hydrodynamic Damping Induced by Mooring Chains on Low-Frequency Vessel Motions
Conference/Journal Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), Houston
Paper no. OTC1990-6218
Year 1990

To compute the low frequency mooring forces of for instance a turret moored storage/production tanker exposed to survival conditions the hydro-dynamic excitation and reaction forces have to be known. The low frequency excitation is assumed to caused by the velocity dependent wave drift forces. The hydrodynamic reaction forces consist of the added mass forces, the low frequency viscous forces and the wave drift damping on the tanker and the damping forces acting on the chain legs. Although in the past several investigations on chain damping have been carried out, data on low frequency chain damping, however, are scarce.

In this paper oscillation tests and computations on chain legs in still water and in current were carried out. The water depth amounted to 82.5 and 247.5 m. The first part of the paper concerns the determination of the chain damping due to the oscillating motions of the low frequency surge motion only. In this case the relative importance of the contribution of the chain damping to the total low frequency damping has been investigated. Therefore low frequency motion simulations have been carried out on a 200 kDWT tanker moored by means of a turret with 6 chain legs in 82.5 m water depth, while exposed to co-linearly directed irregular waves and current. In the second part the effect of the combined low frequency surge and wave frequency heave motions on the chain damping has been investigated. Due to combined motions the chain damping may increase considerably. Finally the simulation of the simultaneous occurrence of the low and high frequency motions is discussed.

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