In this paper, the influence of the second-order slowly varying loads on the estimation of deck wetness is studied. A series of experiments related to classic cylindrical and new sandglass-type Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Unit (FPSO) models are conducted. Due to the distinctive configuration design, the sand glass type FPSO model exhibits more excellent deck wetness performance than the cylindrical one in irregular waves. Based on wave potential theory, the first-order wave loads and the full quadratic transfer functions of second-order slowly varying loads are obtained by the frequency-domain numerical boundary element method. On this basis, the traditional spectral analysis only accounting for the first-order wave loads and time-domain numerical simulation considering both the first-order wave loads and nonlinear second-order slowly varying wave loads are employed to predict the numbers of occurrence of deck wetness per hour of the two floating models, respectively. By comparing the results of the two methods with experimental data, the shortcomings of traditional method based on linear response theory emerge and it is of great significance to consider the second-order slowly drift motion response in the analysis of deck wetness of the new sandglass-type FPSO.

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