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Subsidence of the Ekofisk Platforms: Wave in Deck Impact Study — Various Wave Models and Computational Methods

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Bogdan Iwanowski, Ingar Scherf

CorrOcean ASA, Sandvika, Norway

Henrik Grigorian

Phillips Petroleum Company Norway, Tananger, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2002-28063, pp. 95-102; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Subsidence of the Ekofisk platforms creates several operational challenges. For safety of the platforms, it is of great importance to find the wave impact loads acting on the platforms’ decks. The paper describes how such loads can be computed. Three theoretical wave models are discussed in the paper: the Airy wave, Airy wave modified through Wheeler stretching and the 5th order non-linear Stokes wave. The wave loads for these wave models are computed by various methods. The method based on momentum displacement approach and Morison-type equation developed by Dr. Kaplan is used as a reference point. The loads are also computed through a solution of complete Navier-Stokes equations, with the Volume of Fluid (VOF) method used to trace motion of the fluid’s free surface. Results of different wave models and different computational methods are compared and discussed.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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