Model tests on the parametric resonance of the deep draft semi-submersible (DDS) under regular and irregular waves are conducted in the wave flume of the Ocean University of China (OUC). Model tests with and without mooring lines are conducted under various regular and irregular waves with different wave angles. From the results of the model without mooring lines, it is found that parametric resonance generally occurs when wave period is about the natural period of heave and about half of the natural period of pitch or roll. The steady amplitude of the parameter resonance is larger under larger wave height. In heading waves, parametric resonance occurs in the roll direction, while parametric resonance occurs in both roll and pitch direction for the beam wave. In irregular waves, parametric resonance is practical non-ergodic. For the model without mooring lines, parametric resonance does not occur under the constraints of the mooring system.

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