RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering

Vortex-Induced Strumming Vibrations of Marine Cables With Attached Masses

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O. M. Griffin

Marine Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 20375

J. K. Vandiver

Department of Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J. Energy Resour. Technol 106(4), 458-465 (Dec 01, 1984) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231106 History: Received June 24, 1983; Revised April 03, 1984; Online October 22, 2009


Twenty full-scale test runs were conducted during the cable strumming experiments reported in this paper. These consisted of ten pairs of equivalent tests conducted in air and in water with a cable fitted with arrays of attached masses. The measured in-air natural frequencies are in good agreement with computed code predictions for the second and higher (up to n = 5) cable modes. The first mode frequency apparently was influenced by the sag of the cable. The measured mode shapes of the cable vibrations in water also are in agreement with the computed mode shapes. For the experiments in water the computed and measured natural frequencies are in good agreement. Drag coefficients in the range CD = 2.4 to 3.2 were commonly observed when the cable-attached mass system was strumming due to the water flow past it.

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