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CSIRO researchers create giant waves

CSIRO Media Release – 3 December 2009
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Semi-submersible platform in the ocean. Different mooring systems and materials can be used to tether them to the ocean floor. Rogue wave smashing into a semi-submersible platform weighing around 32,000 tonnes.This kind of computer modelling shows a clear distinction in platform behaviour between different mooring systems. This is a TLP (tension leg platform) system.

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Video clip (20 sec, wmv file) showing computer simulation of rogue wave smashing into a semi-submersible platform. The video allows scientists to see, for example, how much the platform moves and how quickly it rights itself. Clips are made of different views and the waves can be made to smash into the platform at different angles.

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