Abstract

The hydrodynamic model and three-dimensional finite element model of a new type of two-module marine platform were built for the subject of research. The motions and connector loads were predicted based on the COMPASS THAFTS software and the results were in agreement with the model tests. It shows that the new type platform has a good sea keeping performance. On the other hand, the short-term forecast results indicate that the connector loads, Fz, is larger than other two directions, approaching 200t. The connector loads, Fx and Fy, are usually in the order of magnitude of tens tons. Some useful conclusions obtained in this paper can provide an important reference for the optimal design and construction of the new type platform and its connector system.

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