2022

When you need to fine tune surface buoy damping (and when you don’t)

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2022

ProteusDS Update

Based on feedback from users, we’ve made a few notable adjustments to our software. ProteusDS Oceanographic Designer is now more streamlined The Official Parts Library is now more integrated into ProteusDS Oceanographic Designer. The most up-to-date version of our Official Parts Library is now included with every install package so
2022

How to take the guesswork out of wave radiation forces

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2022

Why the added mass force can be confusing

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2022

How to control downweight seabed clearance in wave powered profiler mooring design

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2021

Why adapt shallow water geometric compliant moorings with a midwater float

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2021

Why shallow water mooring design takes longer than expected (especially compared to deep water)

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2021

How to avoid wuzzles when recovering oceanographic moorings

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2021

What to keep an eye on during oceanographic mooring deployment

The longest continuously running experiment started in 1930 and is still going right now. The Pitch Drop Experiment looks like an hourglass filled with a thick, black substance called pitch. Pitch is a resin that is so thick it looks and acts like a solid. It is so much like
2021

How the anchor-last oceanographic mooring deployment process works

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