Diffraction and Radiation of Waves by Array of Multiple Buoys Cho, Il-Hyoung;
The diffraction and radiation of linear waves by an array of truncated floating multiple buoys are solved using the interaction theory based on a matched eigenfunction expansion method (MEEM). The interaction processes between multiple buoys are very complex and numerous, because the scattered and radiated waves from each buoy affect the others in the array. Our primary aim is therefore to construct the rigorous wave exciting forces and hydrodynamic forces to deal with the problem of multiple interactions. This present method is applied to a square array of four buoys with two incidence angles, and the results are given for the wave excitation forces on each buoy, heave RAO for each buoy heaving independently, and wave elevations around the buoys and wave run-up. The analytical solutions are in good agreement with the numerical solutions obtained from commercial code (WAMIT).