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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 83, Number 1, July10 2022 , pages 53-66

Effects of floating wave barriers on wave-induced forces exerted to offshore-jacket structure
Arash Dalili Osgouei, Ramin Vafaei Poursorkhabi, Hamed Hosseini, Diyar N. Qader, Ahmad Maleki and Hamid Ahmadi

    The main objective of the present research was investigating the effects of a floating wave barrier installed in front of an offshore jacket structure on the wave height, base shear, and overturning moment. A jacket model with the height of 4.55 m was fabricated and tested in the 402 m-long wave flume of NIMALA marine laboratory. The jacket was tested at the water depth of 4 m subjected to the random waves with a JONSWAP energy spectrum. Three input wave heights were chosen for the tests: 20 cm, 23 cm, and 28 cm. Two different cross sections with the same area were selected for the wave barrier: square and rhombus. Results showed that the average decrease in the jacket's base shear due to the presence of a floating wave barrier with square and rhombus cross section was 24.67% and 34.29%, respectively. The use of wave barriers with square and rhombus cross sections also resulted in 19.78% and 33.11% decrease in the jacket's overturning moment, respectively. Hence, it can be concluded that a floating wave barrier can significantly reduce the base shear and overturning moment in an offshore jacket structure; and a rhombus cross section is more effective than an equivalent square section.
Key Words
    floating wave barrier; jacket structure; NIMALA wave flume; overturning moment; random waves
Arash Dalili Osgouei: Department of Civil Engineering, Maragheh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh, Iran
Ramin Vafaei Poursorkhabi: Department of Civil Engineering, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
Hamed Hosseini: Department of Civil Engineering, Dolatabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Dolatabad, Iran
Diyar N. Qader: Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Cihan University-Erbil, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Ahmad Maleki: Department of Civil Engineering, Maragheh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh, Iran
Hamid Ahmadi: Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

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