Three-legged triangular tension leg platforms (TLPs), which are a kind of compliant-type floating structure, are drawing attention from industrial society. To reduce the transportation cost, a multiple linked ship towing system that the platform and anchor are linked and wet towed is studied. A unified seakeeping and maneuvering method which can take account of the hydrodynamic interaction between the bodies and utilize the experimental results for tuning the damping coefficients is proposed to model the towing system. In the method, a low-pass filter is applied to separate the slowly and fast motion components for the maneuvering and seakeeping calculations. The maneuvering and seakeeping problems can thus be solved simultaneously with a same time scale. SimMechanics™, which provides multi-body simulation environment for mechanical systems, is applied to implement the numerical model for studying the fully coupled six degrees-of-freedom (DOFs) motion of the towing system. Besides, experiments are carried out to demonstrate the feasibility of the system and the effectiveness of the numerical model. A circular motion in irregular waves is studied at the end and the issues of the system are discussed accordingly.
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