Abstract

A two-dimensional (2D) simplified model of the very large floating structure (VLFS) is formulated based on Huston's interpretation of the Kane methodology. In this proposed model, the VLFS is considered as a serial of discrete floating bodies connected by elastic hinges. The rotation stiffness of elastic hinges has a great influence on the dynamic responses of VLFS and its value is determined based on the vertical displacements equivalent between the simply supported beam model and the elastically hinged multiple bodies model with the same boundary conditions on a concentrated load. Reduced Kane equations are used in the actual dynamic analysis, once initial conditions and mechanical analysis of system have been formulated. Validation of the Kane-based method and the reliability of corresponding program developed are established by several comparative study on a continuous structure and a hinged structure with three parts. The predictions based on the proposed method are essentially identical to the model test data and calculation results provided by related literatures.

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