Development of a Finite Element Cable Model for Use in Low-Tension Dynamics Simulation

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Brad Buckham

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3055, Victoria, BC V8W 3P6, Canadae-mail: bbuckham@uvic.ca

Frederick R. Driscoll

Department of Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, 101 North Beach Road, Dania Beach, FL 33004e-mail: rdriscol@oe.fau.edu

Meyer Nahon

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 817 Sherbrooke Street West, Quebec H3A 2K6, Canadae-mail: Meyer.Nahon@mcgill.ca

J. Appl. Mech 71(4), 476-485 (Sep 07, 2004) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1755691 History: Received July 11, 2002; Revised October 08, 2003; Online September 07, 2004
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Grahic Jump Location
A diagrammatic presentation of the coordinate systems, the Frenet and body-fixed frames, used to describe the tether element. The discretized tether is formed from an assembly of cubic elements, with the ith element extending between the ith and i+first nodes.
Grahic Jump Location
A close up view of a differential segment of the ROV tether. The distributed load q contains weight, buoyancy and hydrodynamic loads. An additional degree-of-freedom, α, defines the orientation of the body-fixed frame relative to the Frenet frame.




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