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OrcaFlex 10.2b released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 10.2b. This minor upgrade fixes the following bugs:

  • The following features may not have worked correctly for lines that have inactive parts: line profile graphs; fatigue analysis; splined lines in line contact relationships; penetrating lines that are around splined lines in a line contact relationships.
  • The following features may not have worked correctly for lines that use line feeding: slamming; variable added mass; rolling contact for penetrating lines that include torsion in a line contact relationship; inner lines with containment enabled in a line contact relationship.
  • Lines that use line feeding were not compatible with the following features: sea state disturbance for vessels whose sea state RAO data is interpolated on direction and period only; the Static Position (interpolated) wave calculation method; hysteretic bend stiffness; bend stiffness external results; fatigue analysis. The combination of these features with line feeding should have been blocked in version 10.2a, but was not: some combinations failed to run and others gave unexpected results.
  • The Calculate Line Lengths mode of the Line Setup Wizard was not compatible with lines that have inactive parts. This combination of features should have been blocked in version 10.2a.
  • OrcaFlex sometimes failed to run beyond statics if a line’s End A and End B initial arc lengths were both ‘~’ and the payout rate was non-zero at one or both ends. Cases that failed include lines whose Step 1 Statics Method is Quick, and models in which a static state or instantaneous value range graph is visible.
  • The assignment of sea state disturbance vessels to nodes of a line that lie exactly at section boundaries was potentially inconsistent between nodes that are initially active and those that are initially inactive.
  • Validation of contents flow and sea state disturbance vessel data was not carried out for the inactive parts of any line. It was therefore possible to run a model containing data that would otherwise have been disallowed if the line were fully active.
  • Modal analysis modes graphs, loads graphs and loads tables were reported incorrectly for lines with inactive parts.
  • OrcaFlex’s SHEAR7 and VIVA interfaces were not working correctly for lines with inactive parts.
  • A line’s actual arc length result could have been reported incorrectly if its payout rate was specified by a variable data table that truncates to zero before the end of the simulation. This only happened once the truncation to zero had occurred, and then only for lines that used smooth growth to control their payout rate. This bug could also have affected instantaneous value range graphs because the actual arc length values of the nodes are the abscissae on these graphs.
  • If an uncoupled, single-line modal analysis were performed immediately after loading up a static state simulation file, then it would have failed if the line being analysed was a penetrating line inside an outer splined line in a line contact relationship.
  • The MATLAB interface to OrcaFlex was installed incorrectly by the 10.2a installation program. Two source code files, ofx6DBuoyObject.m and ofxWaveScatter.m were missing from the installation. Scripts that depend upon these files would fail to run.

A patch to upgrade from earlier releases of 10.2 is available.