Offshore structures are exposed to random wave loading in the ocean environment, and hence the probability distribution of the extreme values of their response to wave loading is of great value in the design of these structures. Due to nonlinearity of the drag component of Morison’s wave loading and also due to intermittency of wave loading on members in the splash zone, the response is often non-Gaussian; therefore, simple techniques for derivation of the probability distribution of extreme responses are not available. However, it has recently been shown that the short-term response of an offshore structure exposed to Morison wave loading can be approximated by the response of an equivalent finite-memory nonlinear system (FMNS). Previous investigation shows that the developed FMNS models perform better for high Hs values and their performance for low Hs value is not particularly good. In this paper, the modified version of FMNS models is referred to as MFMNS models is discussed. The improvement of MFMNS model is simply by dividing the structure into two zones (Zones 1 and 2) so that the horizontal distance between the nodes in each zone is relatively small compared to the wavelength. The modified version of MFMNS is used to determine the short-term probability distribution of the response extreme values with great efficiency.

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