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Experimental investigations into the current-induced motion of a lifeboat at a single point mooring

Experimental investigations into the current-induced motion of a lifeboat at a single point mooring
Experimental investigations into the current-induced motion of a lifeboat at a single point mooring
This paper presents a series of model experiments on the current-induced motions of a 1:40 scale lifeboat at a single point mooring (SPM). The influence upon vessel and buoy motion of the mooring configuration factors of (a) three mooring line (hawser) lengths, (b) four buoy shapes and (c) two buoy sizes have been investigated.
A motion tracking algorithm was successfully employed and validated against data from an inertial measuring unit allowing small scale testing without the influence of instrument cabling. The results show that the dominant
translational motion, of the model lifeboat at a SPM, is sway and the rotational motion is yaw, with double pendulum-like fishtailing behaviour prevalent. Increasing the hawser length, when no buoy was present, resulted in an increase in the vessel's sway velocity. No significant effects on vessel motion were observed from changes in the shape of the 1:40 and 1:20 scale buoys. However, the presence and increasing size of the buoy was found to increase the sway velocity of the buoy and reduce the motions of the model lifeboat. These results suggest that changes in buoy size influence the motions of the model lifeboat which may enable mooring efficacy to be improved.
0029-8018
192-201
Hollyhead, Catherine J.
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Townsend, Nicholas C.
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Blake, James I.R.
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Hollyhead, Catherine J.
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Townsend, Nicholas C.
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Blake, James I.R.
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Hollyhead, Catherine J., Townsend, Nicholas C. and Blake, James I.R. (2017) Experimental investigations into the current-induced motion of a lifeboat at a single point mooring. Ocean Engineering, 146, 192-201. (doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.09.045).

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This paper presents a series of model experiments on the current-induced motions of a 1:40 scale lifeboat at a single point mooring (SPM). The influence upon vessel and buoy motion of the mooring configuration factors of (a) three mooring line (hawser) lengths, (b) four buoy shapes and (c) two buoy sizes have been investigated.
A motion tracking algorithm was successfully employed and validated against data from an inertial measuring unit allowing small scale testing without the influence of instrument cabling. The results show that the dominant
translational motion, of the model lifeboat at a SPM, is sway and the rotational motion is yaw, with double pendulum-like fishtailing behaviour prevalent. Increasing the hawser length, when no buoy was present, resulted in an increase in the vessel's sway velocity. No significant effects on vessel motion were observed from changes in the shape of the 1:40 and 1:20 scale buoys. However, the presence and increasing size of the buoy was found to increase the sway velocity of the buoy and reduce the motions of the model lifeboat. These results suggest that changes in buoy size influence the motions of the model lifeboat which may enable mooring efficacy to be improved.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 September 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 October 2017
Published date: December 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 414867
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414867
ISSN: 0029-8018
PURE UUID: f6d6bc49-b026-4353-b6b6-15bd71ccbc6e
ORCID for Catherine J. Hollyhead: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2934-2955
ORCID for James I.R. Blake: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5291-8233

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Date deposited: 12 Oct 2017 16:31
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:50

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