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The Dynamic Behaviour of an ROV in Wave Affected Zones

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Musa Bashir, Dr Simon Benson, Dr Alan J Murphy


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We present a method to directly predict the hydrodynamic response of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) as it transitions through the wave-affected splash zone during launch or recovery. ROVs are commonly used in offshore operations and for many different purposes. They are usually deployed from a purpose built Launch and Recovery System (LARS) located on the open deck of a surface ship. Current industry practice used for LARS design is to use a pre-defined dynamic amplification factor (DAF) together with high factors of safety. However, this does not properly account for the influence of different sea states and operational profiles. We therefore propose an improved method to directly predict the hydrodynamic response of an ROV as it transitions through the wave-affected splash zone. We apply the approach to a trencher ROV and validate using physical experiments completed in a wave tank. We demonstrate the need to for an accurate definition of the added mass and damping characteristics of the ROV. The method is incorporated into OrcaFlex for direct use within the design and analysis of a LARS system.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bashir MB, Menon M, Benson SD, Eastwood R, Murphy AJ, Cunny D, van Zwanenberg M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2016)

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 8

Acceptance date: 19/06/2016

Date deposited: 10/02/2017

Publisher: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers


DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2016-54849

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ISBN: 9780791849989