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Ocean Systems Engineering
  Volume 6, Number 4, December 2016 , pages 305-324

The effect of small forward speed on prediction of wave loads in restricted water depth
Amitava Guha and Jeffrey Falzarano

    Wave load prediction at zero forward speed using finite depth Green function is a well-established method regularly used in the offshore and marine industry. The forward speed approximation in deep water condition, although with limitations, is also found to be quite useful for engineering applications. However, analysis of vessels with forward speed in finite water depth still requires efficient computing methods. In this paper, a method for analysis of wave induced forces and corresponding motion on freely floating three-dimensional bodies with low to moderate forward speed is presented. A finite depth Green function is developed and incorporated in a 3D frequency domain potential flow based tool to allow consideration of finite (or shallow) water depth conditions. First order forces and moments and mean second order forces and moments in six degree of freedom are obtained. The effect of hull flare angle in predicting added resistance is incorporated. This implementation provides the unique capability of predicting added resistance in finite water depth with flare angle effect using a Green function approach. The results are validated using a half immersed sphere and S-175 ship. Finally, the effect of finite depth on a tanker with forward speed is presented.
Key Words
    green function; shallow water; forward speed; potential theory; added resistance; flare angle
Amitava Guha and Jeffrey Falzarano: Marine Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA 77840-3136

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