Can a floating platform weather typhoons and so-called “rogue waves” that can swell to more than eight stories tall?
Modern semi-submersibles are built to withstand once-in-a-hundred-years waves by locating the platform significantly higher than the water and by building a strong, resilience-engineered structure. Simulations have shown that semi-submersible platforms can survive rogue waves, but a sturdy mooring system is important. This is an important area of research The Seasteading Institute will engage in over time. We believe our research will mitigate those risks.
As for wave motion, seastead structures will be designed to reduce coupling with the surrounding waves. One way to accomplish this is by keeping the structure’s center of gravity below the waves. Wave motion can also be reduced by locating seasteads in calm areas of the ocean. As seasteads grow in size, that too will reduce wave motion. Just as passengers on large cruise ships often can’t feel the waves beneath them, neither will the residents of large seasteads. With time people will earn their “sea legs,” and become acclimated to the remaining wave motion.
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Posted on January 20, 2012 at 1:58 am