A method is followed in the present analysis to estimate realistic surge and sway wave drift force coefficients for the Exwave FPSO. Model test data is used to identify the difference frequency wave exciting force coefficients based on a second order signal analysis technique. First, the slowly varying excitation is estimated from the relationship between the incoming wave and the low frequency motion using a linear oscillator. Then, the full QTF of the difference frequency wave exciting forces is defined from the relationship between the incoming waves and the second order force response. The process identifies also the linearized low frequency damping.
The paper presents results from a few cases selected from the Exwave JIP test matrix. Empirical mean wave drift coefficients are compared to potential flow predictions. It is shown that the latter underestimate the wave drift forces, especially at the lower frequency range where severe seastates have most of the energy. The sources for the discrepancies are discussed.