Semi-analytical quasi-static formulation for three-dimensional partially grounded mooring system problems

Y.T. Chai, K.S. Varyani, N.D.P. Barltrop

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A semi-analytical quasi-static formulation based on the catenary approach capable of solving three-dimensional partially grounded and fully suspended multi-leg mooring-system problems is presented in this paper. The advantage of the present formulation is that only a compact governing vector equation, derived in terms of grounded cable length and anchor tension vector, need to be solved for each mooring cable to determine its grounded and suspended body response, and only a small number of discrete segments are needed to predict its behaviour accurately due to its inherent slope continuity. In addition, it is capable of handling arbitrarily inclined seabed interaction effects, varying cross-sectional and material properties as well as external attachment objects. The generality of the present formulation allows quick parametric analysis of different forms of multi-leg mooring system configurations as well as different types of flexible riser systems to be carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-649
Number of pages23
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date13 Feb 2002
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2002


  • mooring system
  • partially grounded
  • semi-analytical


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