Dynamic behavior of the submerged floating tunnel moored by inclined tethers attached to fixed towers

Deokhee Won, Woo Sun Park, Young Jong Kang, Seungjun Kim

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To develop an optimum design concept for the submerged floating tunnel (SFT), many studies have evaluated the dynamic behavioral characteristics of submerged structures under various design loads and it has been concluded that rational mooring systems should be applied to very large and long submerged structures for use as transportation facilities. For this purpose, the concept of SFTs moored by laterally inclined tethers anchored to the seabed has been mainly studied. However, the issue of erecting many tethers with individual seabed anchors or piles should be solved for the mooring systems. This study aims to investigate the feasibility of the SFTs moored by inclined tethers attached to fixed towers. The new concept of SFTs, which fundamentally originated from cable-stayed bridges, was proposed for reducing burden of construction of individual seabed piles for each tether. In this study, behavioral characteristics of the SFT under the regular and irregular waves were investigated by performing hydrodynamic analysis in time-domain. For suggesting feasible and acceptable concepts for the transportation facilities, the effects of various geometric design parameters, such as the draft, sectional characteristics of the tunnel, stiffness of the tethers, and inclination of the fixed tower legs on the structural behaviors have been evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109663
JournalOcean Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 1


  • Global performance analysis
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Mooring
  • Submerged floating tunnel
  • Tethers
  • Waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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