Unsteady hydroelasticity of floating plates

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Asymptotic and numerical analyses of unsteady hydroelastic behaviour of a floating plate due to given external loads are presented. The main parameters are the plate length and duration of the external loads. For very long plates (VLFS) the problem is decoupled and its approximate solution is given by the method of matched asymptotic expansions. For a short duration of the external loads and small length of the plate (impact onto a floating plate) the problem is coupled, but gravity effects can be neglected in determining the maximum of both the plate deflection and bending stresses in the plate. In this case, the problem is solved numerically by the method of normal modes. If the plate is short but the load duration is moderate, the rigid-body motion of the plate and its elastic vibrations can be approximately separated. In the general case, it is suggested that the coupled problem can be treated numerically by the method of normal modes. In order to construct an appropriate numerical algorithm, ideas inspired by the asymptotic analysis are used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-991
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Fluids and Structures
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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