A time-domain simulation method is developed for the coupled dynamic analysis of a spar platform with mooring lines. For the hydrodynamic loads, a time domain second order method is developed. In this approach, Taylor series expansions are applied to the body surface boundary condition and the free surface boundary condition, and Stokes perturbation procedure is then used to establish corresponding boundary value problems with time-independent boundaries. A higher order boundary element method is developed to calculate the velocity potential of the resulting flow field at each time step. The free-surface boundary condition is satisfied to the second order by 4th order Adams-Bashforth-Moultn method. An artificial damping layer is adopted on the free surface to avoid the wave reflection. For the mooring-line dynamics, a geometrically nonlinear finite element method using isoparametric cable element based on the total Lagrangian formulation is developed. In the coupled dynamic analysis, the motion equation for the hull and dynamic equations for mooring lines are solved simultaneously using Newmark method. Numerical results including motions and tensions in the mooring lines are presented.

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