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Analysis of nonlinear dynamics of fully submerged payload hanging from offshore crane vessel

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan


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The nonlinear dynamic responses of a fully submerged payload hanging from a fixed crane vessel are investigated numerically. A three-dimensional fully nonlinear time domain model based on the boundary element method is implemented to perform the analysis. Both the payload and fixed crane vessel are considered to be periodically excited by regular waves inside the numerical tank. The motion of the payload is found to exhibit various nonlinear phenomena (for example, sub-harmonic motion, period-doubling behaviour) due to the presence of fixed crane vessel. Analysis tools such as the phase trajectory, bifurcation diagram and Poincaré map are used to investigate the motion characteristics of this submerged payload which is undergoing constrained pendulum motions in various scenarios. Parametric studies are also performed by varying several design parameters in order to evaluate the sensitivity of the nonlinear phenomena. Different orientations of the crane vessel and submerged payload are also considered and the results obtained reveal several important conclusions concerning the dynamic behaviour of the submerged payload of offshore crane vessel during operations. It is found that change of wave motion frequency coupled with various orientations of the floating barge and submerged payload significantly alters the payload motion behaviour and introduces various nonlinear phenomena. The present study can be further extended to identify the limits of the operating conditions of floating cranes and to devise techniques to control or damp the unexpected motions of the submerged payload.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hannan MA, Bai W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ocean Engineering

Year: 2016

Volume: 128

Pages: 132–146

Print publication date: 01/12/2016

Online publication date: 25/10/2016

Acceptance date: 16/10/2016

ISSN (print): 0029-8018

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5258

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.10.030


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