Towed underwater cable models have been validated using experimental results performed in the current channel at Laboratório de Ondas e Correntes (LOC) at COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro. The numerical simulators utilize a Finite Difference Method to solve the Partial Differential Equations describing the dynamics of a towed underwater cable under tension. A non-dimensional analysis of the system dynamics for the two-dimensional case has been performed, with non-dimensional governing equations being presented. The experimental setup consists of two cable sections of ∼1.5 m length each, the first having 3 mm diameter and slightly positive wet weight while the second section has 2.5 mm diameter and slight negative wet weight. With the cable in steady-state condition, the towpoint is moved 0.50 m sideways and the time for the cable to return to straight tow is measured. Further, the cable depths at midpoint and tail are measured in steady-state. Experiments are performed at currents ranging from 0.17 to 0.47 m/s. The presented experimental results are compared to the numerical results. Reasonable agreements are obtained.

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