The Steady State Analysis of Underwater Cables

MI Friswell (University of Wales Swansea)

ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Vol. 121, No. 2, March 1995, pp. 98-104

Abstract

This paper considers the equations required to analyse the three dimensional steady state configuration of an underwater cable system. Both towed systems and autonomous remotely controlled systems are considered and the equations used to simulate the cable configuration given. A sea buggy example, originally considered by De Zoysa, is given to demonstrate the solution of the resulting two point boundary value problem by a shooting method. The results correct those of Wang, Cheong and Chucheepsakul. An example of a towed system using a stranded cable demonstrates the inclusion of cable lift. A simplified analysis of the dependence of the cable tension on the cable length is also given. The optimum length of cable required to produce the minimum force on the vehicle is between 3 and 6 times the direct range of the vehicle from the ship, for a range of vehicle positions.

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