Active truncation of slender marine structures: Influence of the control system on fidelity

Abstract : Performing hydrodynamic model testing of ultra-deep water floating systems at a reasonable scale is challenging, due to the limited space available in existing laboratories and to the large spatial extent of the slender marine structures that connect the floater to the seabed. In this paper, we consider a method based on real-time hybrid model testing, namely the active truncation of the slender marine structures: while their upper part is modelled physically in an ocean basin, their lower part is simulated by an adequate numerical model. The control system connecting the two substructures inevitably introduces artefacts, such as noise, biases and time delays, whose probabilistic description is assumed to be known. We investigate specifically how these artefacts influence the fidelity of the active truncation setup, that is its capability to reproduce correctly the dynamic behaviour of the system under study. We propose a systematic numerical method to rank the artefacts according to their influence on the fidelity of the test. The method is demonstrated on the active truncation of a taut polyester mooring line.
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Thomas Sauder, Stefano Marelli, Kjell Larsen, Asgeir Sørensen. Active truncation of slender marine structures: Influence of the control system on fidelity. Applied Ocean Research, Elsevier, 2018, 74, pp.154 - 169. ⟨10.1016/j.apor.2018.02.023⟩. ⟨hal-01893221⟩

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