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The Effect of Current on the Dynamic Responses of Truss Spar in Malaysia Water

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S. N. A. Tuhaijan, C. Y. Ng, V. J. Kurian

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Tronoh, Malaysia

Paper No. OMAE2016-54399, pp. V001T01A005; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Offshore Geotechnics
  • Busan, South Korea, June 19–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4992-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In South East Asia, Malaysia is one of the leading countries in the oil and gas industry. Today, Malaysia has expanded the explorations into the deeper water region. Before the installation of the Malaysia first deepwater platform, the Kikeh Spar, spar platforms can only be found in the Gulf of Mexico. Malaysian offshore regions are subjected to significant water current. From the literature review carried out, it was found that the current would change the behavior of the sea waves. This is contributing significantly to the environmental loading and affect the dynamic responses of the offshore structures. Hence, the study that focused on the effects of the current together with the wave on the structural dynamic response is necessary. In this study, the effect of the current coexisting with the wave on the dynamic responses of a truss spar model was experimentally investigated and quantified. The model tests were performed in the wave tank of the Offshore Laboratory in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS with a scaling factor of 1:100. Two sets of environmental conditions were considered in the model tests i.e. wave only and wave-current condition. The dynamic responses of the truss spar model subjected to these conditions were measured. In order to quantify the effect of current, the measured results for the condition with and without current were compared among and presented here. From this investigation, it was found that the existence of the current in the water body has increased the truss spar motions, whereby the higher current velocity, give the higher response.

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