Snaking of floating marine oil hose attached to SPM buoy

Jim Bree, A. Roy Halliwell, Tom O'Donoghue

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An analytical model is presented for the transverse vibration of a semi-infinite beam due to forced longitudinal harmonic motion at the end. The model is applied to the 'snaking' behavior of a floating hose-string attached to an SPM buoy: the surge response of the buoy to incident sea waves results in the hose-string bending in the plane of the water surface. The dependence of the snaking characteristics - frequency, amplitude, and wavelength - on the buoy's surge frequency and amplitude and on the damping present is established. Predictions from the model are compared with model test measurements of snaking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-284
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1989

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    Bree, J., Halliwell, A. R., & O'Donoghue, T. (1989). Snaking of floating marine oil hose attached to SPM buoy. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 115(2), 265-284.