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Analysis of Tug-Barge Connection Force Measurements

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This paper summarizes the analysis of four integrated tug-barge (ITB) model tests in calm water and waves. The results show the relationship of the tug-barge connection forces to wavelength and heading, and indicate that the maximum longitudinal, transverse, and vertical connection forces occur at wave encounter angles of 0, 45, 225, and 0 deg, respectively. Additionally, the results of a simplified linear analysis are used to evaluate the possibility of obtaining connection force predictions based on force vector analysis and the relationship of connection force to block coefficient.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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