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13.022 Surface Waves and their Interaction With Floating Bodies, Spring 2002

Waves. (Image courtesy of Spela Adolsek and Stock.XCHNG.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of lecture notes. The study materials section includes surface wave simulations and a number of past quizzes and their solutions are available in the exams section.

Course Description

The subject introduces the principles of ocean surface waves and their interactions with ships, offshore platforms and advanced marine vehicles. Surface wave theory is developed for linear and nonlinear deterministic and random waves excited by the environment, ships, or floating structures.

Following the development of the physics and mathematics of surface waves, several applications from the field of naval architecture and offshore engineering are addressed. They include the ship Kelvin wave pattern and wave resistance, the interaction of surface waves with floating bodies, the seakeeping of ships high-speed vessels and offshore platforms, the evaluation of the drift forces and other nonlinear wave effects responsible for the slow-drift responses of compliant offshore platforms and their mooring systems designed for hydrocarbon recovery from large water depths.



Professor Paul D. Sclavounos

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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