A large number of forcing periods, and five forcing amplitudes were tested. A time-domain Boundary Element Method (BEM) code based on linear potential flow theory was implemented to investigate the resonance periods, mode shapes as well as the moonpool response as predicted by (linear) potential flow theory. Dominant physical effects were discussed, in particular damping due to flow separation from the sharp corners of the moonpool inlet and recess. The effect of the recess on the piston-mode behavior is discussed. BEM simulations where the effect of flow separation is empirically modelled were also conducted.
The non-dimensional moonpool response suggests strong viscous damping at piston-mode resonance. The viscous BEM simulations demonstrate improvement over inviscid BEM, although further improvement of the method is needed. The piston mode shapes are clearly different from the near flat free-surface elevation for a moonpool without recess, consistent with recently published theory.