With more than 50.000 tons in service to date, the Oil&Gas Industry has the need to understand the tension fatigue performance of grade R5 chains in straight tension, and corroborate the validity of the existing design methods.
The chain fatigue design curves in API and DNV are based on fatigue tests obtained in the nineties and early two thousands. However the tests were performed on lower grades such as ORQ, R3 and R4, and small chains, 76 mm diameter being the largest studless chain tested.
The industry has moved towards the use of large studless chains, especially in permanent units, where chain diameters above 150 mm are not unusual.
This paper gathers information from a full scale fatigue test program on grade R4 and R5 studless chains, performed in seawater and with diameters between 70 mm and 171 mm. The chains being tested are actual production chains supplied for different drilling units and large permanently moored production floating units.
The paper analyses the data and determines tension-tension fatigue curves based on API and DNV methods for computation of cumulative fatigue damage, regardless of other damaging mechanisms. Improved fatigue capacity is obtained with respect to the above recommended design methods.Copyright © 2014 by ASME