Innovative floating structures, such as a Spar, FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading), and semi-submersible are attractive concepts for an ultra deep water production platform. In this research, a Classical Spar platform has been considered as a theme floating structure for the simulations of interactions with a polyester mooring system.
Because the properties of synthetic ropes are very unique, very little knowledge is available for the design of synthetic mooring lines. In this study, we developed a method to use an empirical formula (Del Vecchio, 1992) to model the modulus of a polyester rope based on its mean and dynamic loads and then used it to simulate dynamic interaction between a classical SPAR and a hybrid polyester mooring system in the time domain. The statistics of motions of the hull and tension in the mooring lines are compared with those related to a conventional steel chain mooring system.
Related Publications: Minsuk Kim, Yu Ding and Jun Zhang (2003) ‘Dynamic Simulation of Polyester Mooring Lines’, Proceedings of International symposium on deep-water mooring system, Houston, TX, 2003, p101-114.
Minsuk Kim, Yu Ding and Jun Zhang (2004) ‘Numerical Simulation of A SPAR Interacting with A Polyester Mooring System’, Proceedings of OMAE. 2004, paper No. 51222.
Yu Ding, Minsuk Kim, Xiaohong Chen and Jun Zhang (2003) ‘A Numerical Code (COUPLE6D) for Coupled Dynamic Analysis of Moored Offshore Structures’, Proceedings of International symposium on deep-water mooring system, Houston, TX, 2003, p168-182.