Suppression of transients in wave-excited response testing

R. Eatock Taylor, C. J. Fitzgerald, W. Bai, Paul Taylor

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When a floating body in a wave tank has low hydrodynamic damping, for example in the heave mode, very long duration transient responses can arise if it is excited from a state of rest by sinusoidal waves. Such behaviour can be undesirable when steady state response characteristics are the object of investigation in a numerical tank, because of the consequential need for very long computations. The present paper develops a method for suppressing such transient behaviour in computational models. The success of the approach is demonstrated in the context of the heaving motion of a simple buoy. A linear model of such a buoy initially at rest in a wave tank, excited by propagating sinusoidal waves, is used here for a preliminary investigation of the removal of transients. The technique is then incorporated into a fully nonlinear potential flow simulation of the buoy, and the approach is shown to be effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-469
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Fluids and Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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