Statistical investigation of the nonlinear dynamical behavior of offshore structures

Jürgen Reimers, Katrin Ellermann

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The increasing amount of reports concerning damages of ships, structures and loss of cargo due to wave structure interaction demand the development of systems to predict critical situations in the offshore environment. Within the last years, research has been done to predict encounter with critical wave or wave groups such as “rogue waves” or the so–called “three sisters”. The aim of such research is to develop programs that predict dangerous incidents and possibly alert the crew in time. The dangers of such extreme wave situations are severe, but occurrence of them is rather rare. Additionally and more often, structures are endangered because of fluid–structure–interaction leading to critical dynamical system behaviour in a wave environment that shows no extreme wave heights. The severeness of these incidents then depends on the experience and correctness of decision concerning the evasive actions of the master and his crew. Taking nonlinear effects into account, the statistical investigation of structures in waves shows critical behaviour of ships and structures without the absolute necessity of heavy sea conditions or the occurrence of dangerous sea phenomena. This paper describes the development of a program that uses a Monte–Carlo–Simulation technique based on a common panel–method for the creation of added masses and added dampings to predict the behaviour of the structure in several wave conditions. It shows possible ways to prevent the occurrence using similar early warning systems to those in development for critical wavegroups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event79th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics: GAMM 2008 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 31 Mar 20084 Apr 2008


Conference79th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
Abbreviated titleGAMM2008

Fields of Expertise

  • Sonstiges

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Theoretical
  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)


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