A two-dimensional boundary element method (BEM) based on the potential flow theory is adopted to study the combined wave radiation and diffraction by a single barge. The wave-body interaction problems are simulated using a mixed Euler-Lagrangian scheme, with fully nonlinear boundary conditions. The numerical schemes are verified through comparing with existing results, which show that both the wave runups on the barge and hydrodynamic forces can be calculated with sufficient accuracy. Cases of a single barge subjected to sway motion and regular waves are studied. The real contribution of this study is the outcomes of the spectral analysis conducted for test cases when wave radiation effects are considered in addition to pure wave diffraction. The cases of sway motion with the same frequency as incident wave are simulated first. It is found that sway motion will reduce the overall horizontal force when the frequency is lower than a critical frequency. After that, the higher the frequency, the bigger the horizontal force increasing effect. When the frequency of sway motion is lower than that of incident wave, in terms of the magnitude of the horizontal force, sway motion of the body will always make the resultant force larger than that of pure diffraction case.
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