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Offshore Operation Facilities by Menglan Duan, Huacan Fang

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1.4. Waves and the Random Wave Spectrum

Offshore oil engineering structures could be affected by waves at any moment. The power of waves is amazing. The resultant force of the wind pressure and wave pressure on an offshore oil platform in water of approximately 100 m depth can be over 1×104 t, which shows the potential destructiveness of a wave. Therefore, in offshore oil engineering, it is necessary to recognize waves and their load on the structure. This section introduces basic features of waves.

1.4.1. Brief Description

In the following, we present a brief discussion of the basics of waves.

1.4.1.1. Stormy Waves and Flush

As the proverb goes, “there is no smoke without fire, there are no waves without wind.” Therefore, the wind is the external ...

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