JAMP  Vol.5 No.9 , September 2017
Liquefied Natural Gas Tanks for Suppressing Pitching Motions of FLNG Facility
Floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility using partially filled tanks for control of pitch motion response to wave-exciting forces is investigated in this paper. The governing equations for sloshing analysis of rectangular tanks under pitch motion excitation are first established, then the spatial (boundary- value) partial derivatives are approximated by finite differences. The uncoupled pitch equation of FLNG is derived by assuming that pitch is uncoupled from other modes of vibration. By using state-space model to represent fluid-memory effect, the pitch equation can be transformed to first- order ordinary differential equations which can be solved with sloshing equations simultaneously with the given initial conditions. By using the proposed coupling model for FLNG facility and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks, the performance of partially filled tanks for suppressing pitching motions of FLNG facility is numerically assessed. The parametric studies on the example FLNG show that there is a beneficial filling level by which the pitch motion of FLNG can be considerably reduced.
Cite this paper: Zhang, W. , Cheng, J. and Duan, Y. (2017) Liquefied Natural Gas Tanks for Suppressing Pitching Motions of FLNG Facility. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 5, 1638-1647. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2017.59136.

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