Explicit Time-Domain Approach for Random Vibration Analysis of Jacket Platforms Subjected to Wave Loads

Wei Lin, Cheng Su, Youhong Tang

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This paper is devoted to the random vibration analysis of jacket platforms under wave loads using the explicit time-domain approach. The Morison equation is first used to obtain the nonlinear random wave loads, which are discretized into random loading vectors at a series of time instants. The Newmark-β integration scheme is then employed to construct the explicit expressions for dynamic responses of jacket platforms in terms of the random vectors at different time instants. On this basis, Monte Carlo simulation can further be conducted at high efficiency, which not only provides the statistical moments of the random responses, but also gives the mean peak values of responses. Compared with the traditional power spectrum method, nonlinear wave loads can be readily taken into consideration in the present approach rather than using the equivalent linearized Morison equation. Compared with the traditional Monte Carlo simulation, the response statistics can be obtained through the direct use of the explicit expressions of dynamic responses rather than repeatedly solving the equation of motion. An engineering example is analyzed to illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of the present approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1001
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Explicit time-domain method
  • Jacket platform
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Random vibration
  • Wave load


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