The Role of Model Tests in the Design of Single Point Mooring Terminals
This paper gives a broad outline of model tests with single point mooring systems. This includes the purpose of the model tests, the information necessary to set up test programs, the scope of tests, the characteristics simulated, measurements carried out, possible sources of errors and the analysis of results. Furthermore, examples of test results are given which show phenomena characteristic of s.p.m. terminals. Finally, some of the phenomena observed during tests and a source of uncertainty in existing methods to calculate the behaviour of s.p.m.-ship systems are discussed.