Implementation of a Multisegmented, Quasi-Static Cable Model

Marco Masciola, Jason Jonkman, Amy Robertson

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The Mooring Analysis Program (MAP) is a library designed to be used in parallel with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools to model the static and dynamic forces of mooring systems. In this paper, the implementation of a multisegmented, quasi-static (MSQS) mooring model in MAP is investigated. The MSQS model was developed based on an extension of conventional single-line static solutions. Conceptually, the MSQS program simultaneously solves the algebraic equations for all elements with the condition that the total force at connection points sum to zero. Seabed contact, seabed friction, and externally applied forces can be modeled with this tool, and it allows multielement mooring systems with arbitrary connection configurations to be analyzed. This paper provides an introduction to MAPs MSQS model, its underlying theory, and a demonstration of its abilities.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2013
Event23rd International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE 2013 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: 30 Jun 20135 Jul 2013


Conference23rd International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-57812


  • Cable simulation
  • Catenary
  • Quasi-static mooring


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