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Fatigue Design Factors and Safety Level Implied in Fatigue Design of Offshore Structures

[+] Author Affiliations
Xiaozhi Wang, Zhan Cheng, Haihong Sun

American Bureau of Shipping, Houston, TX

Paul H. Wirsching

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Paper No. OMAE2005-67488, pp. 231-236; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4197-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


With the publication of the ABS Guide for Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures (2003) and the Commentary to the Guide for the Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures (2004), application of the Fatigue Design Factor (FDF) is highlighted in fatigue assessments of offshore structures. Following review of FDF’s in available Rules/Guides from other authorities, FDF’s applied in the ABS Guide is presented and quantified with a corresponding safety level thus helping the user to relate FDF’s to estimated failure probability levels.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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