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Dynamic Simulation of a Two-Part Underwater Tow

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posted on 2023-05-23, 04:58 authored by Susantha RanmuthugalaSusantha Ranmuthugala, Gottschalk, SA
The trajectory of a submerged body being towed by a surface vessel is affected by the wave induced motion of the latter. In an effort to decouple this motion, a two-part tow configuration has been employed. This paper describes a computer model developed to investigate the decoupling effect and to predict the trajectory of the towed object. The two cables are modelled separately as a series of lumped masses connected by elastic segments, and then dynamically interlaced. The solution to the dynamic equations describing the motion of the masses subject to specific boundary conditions is then carried out using numerical techniques. This enables the investigation of the effect of varying the point of attachment between the cables and to include systems consisting of multiple towed objects. The model is to be validated by scaled model tests in a circulating water channel and full scale trials at a later date.


Publication title

Record of Proceedings




Aribert-Christ RP




0 646 16489 9


Australian Maritime College


Australian Exhibition Services Pty Ltd

Place of publication

Melbourne, Australia

Event title

Offshore Australia 1993 : the 2nd Australian International Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Exhibition and Conference, incorporating Petrochem '93

Event Venue

Melbourne, Australia

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Rights statement

Copyright 1993 Australian Exhibition Services Pty Ltd

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Expanding knowledge in engineering

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