A procedure for estimating the combined load effect for processes with different zero-crossing periods is described. The procedure is illustrated by application to the combination of wave-induced bending moments. The basic formulations related to the distribution of maxima and extremes for a scalar Gaussian process are first reviewed. Subsequently, an outline of the procedure for multi-component processes is given. The developed formulation is then applied for analysis of the combined bending moment load effect.
Two cases of such combinations are addressed (i) A case with widely different velocity variances (ii) A case involving a non-linear combination of the bending moments. A geometric approach to the interpretation and derivation of associated load effect combination factors is also demonstrated.