It is desired instead of welding to develop a mechanical connector, which may work well to connect two units at the site in spite of circumstances of some extent of relative motions between two units caused by waves. One of the authors proposed a new type of mechanical connector, which is based on an idea of three bodies problem instead of usual mechanical connectors (two bodies problem). In this paper, wave exciting tests of a semisubmersible floating structure model with the proposed mechanical connectors of 1/100 scale and the numerical analysis using hydroelastic response analysis program VODAC are carried out and wave response characteristics of the semisubmersible floating structure model with the mechanical connectors and its feasibility are reported.
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Wave Response of a Semisubmersible Floating Structure Model With Mechanical Connectors
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Watanabe, Y, & Yoshida, K. "Wave Response of a Semisubmersible Floating Structure Model With Mechanical Connectors." Proceedings of the ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. Volume 6: Nick Newman Symposium on Marine Hydrodynamics; Yoshida and Maeda Special Symposium on Ocean Space Utilization; Special Symposium on Offshore Renewable Energy. Estoril, Portugal. June 15–20, 2008. pp. 445-451. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2008-57339
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