Hydrodynamic Memory Effect on Stability, Bifurcation, and Chaos of Two-Point Mooring Systems | Academic Article individual record

The stability properties of two-point mooring systems governed by their slow horizontal motions are studied theoretically. The often-neglected memory effect due to hydrodynamic wave loads change—in some cases critically—the stability boundaries in the system design space. The third-order maneuvering equations and a nonlinear elastic spring model are used to describe the dynamics of the moored vessel and the mooring lines, respectively. The resulting model accurately represents a two-point mooring system and can be used for stability analysis in the sense of Lyapunov. The stability charts of mooring systems with memory effects exhibit considerable differences from systems without memory in local regions of bifurcation diagrams. Further, the pattern of these changes of stability boundaries varies with the hydrodynamic properties of the moored vessel and/or the environmental conditions. The findings of this study suggest that the number of influencing design parameters can be much more than the present stability theory of dynamical systems can handle. They prove, however, that neglecting the memory effect may result in selecting unsafe configurations of two-point mooring systems.

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Journal of Ship Research

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Chung, J., & Bernitsas, M. M.
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