On the estimation of Morison force coefficients and their predictive accuracy for very rough circular cylinders

J. Wolfram, M. Naghipour

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    This paper makes an assessment of the various method that may be used to analyze experiment data on the force experienced by a circular cylinder in waves and combined wave and current flows to estimate drag and inertia coefficients for use in Morison's equation. Most of the widely used techniques are considered together with a weighted least squares approach for time domain analysis. A set of data obtained from experiments on heavily roughened circular cylinders of diameters 0.513 and 0.216 m in the Delta wave flume at De Voorst in Holland in waves and simulated current has been analyzed in turn by all these techniques. The experiment data was split into two halves. The first was used for the analyses and the second was used to assess the predictive accuracy of Morison's equation. Using the force coefficients obtained from the different analysis techniques corresponding predicted force time series were constructed using the particle kinematics measured in the second parts of the data sets. These predicted time series were then compared with the corresponding measured force time histories. The root mean square error and the bias in the estimation of maximum force in each wave cycle are used as measures of predictive accuracy and as a basis for comparing the efficiency of the different analysis techniques. It was found that the weighted least square method generally gave the best predictive accuracy, but only by a small margin.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)311-328
    Number of pages18
    JournalApplied Ocean Research
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


    • Hydrodynamic force coefficients
    • Keulegan-Carpenter numbers
    • Morison's equation
    • Surface roughness


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