Wave-induced surge motion of a tension leg structure

Chung Pan Lee, Jaw Fang Lee

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An analytical solution for the coupling problem of a two-dimensional tension leg structure interacting with a monochromatic linear wave train in an inviscid and incompressible fluid is presented. The tension legs are considered to be linearly elastic. The flow is further assumed to be irrotational and single-valued velocity potentials can then be defined. The boundary value problem is incorporated into a scattering and a radiation problem. The boundary value problems are then solved separately and combined to resolve all unknowns. The complete solutions of the velocity potentials are represented by the series of eigen-functions, and the surge motion of the structure is described in terms of the incident wave properties. The analytical solution is compared with a computer-coded numerical solution utilizing the boundary element method. The solutions agree very well, and both predict a resonant frequency for a specific structure which is different from the natural frequency of the structure due to the presence of the evanescent waves caused by the structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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