Experiments regarding flow-induced vibration on floating rounded squared section cylinders with low aspect ratio were carried out in an ocean basin equipped with a rotating-arm apparatus. Floating squared section cylinders with rounded edges and aspect ratios of L/D = 2.0 were elastically supported by a set of linear springs in order to provide low structural damping to the system. Two different incidence angles were tested, namely 0 and 45 degrees. The Reynolds numbers covered the range from 2,000 to 30,000. The aim was to understand the flow-induced vibrations around single columns, gathering information for further understanding the causes for the Vortex-Induced Motions in semi-submersible and TLP platforms. Experiments on circular and squared sections cylinders (without rounded edges) were also carried out to compare the results with the rounded square section cylinders (with rounded edges). The amplitude results for in-line, transverse and yaw amplitude for 0-degree models showed to be higher for squared section cylinders compared to those for the rounded square section cylinders. No significant difference between the 45-degree models was observed. The results of ratio between frequency of motion in the transverse direction and natural frequency in still water confirmed the vortex-induced vibration behavior for the squared and rounded square section cylinders for 45-degree incidence; and also the galloping characteristics for 0-degree incidence cases. The rounded effect on the square section cylinders showed to be important only for reduced velocity larger than 8, which is probably related to the position of the separation point that changes around the rounded edge, behavior that did not occurr for the squared edge that fixed the separation point for any reduced velocity.

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