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Polyester Mooring for Ultra-Deepwater Applications

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Shankar S. Bhat, Christian A. Cermelli, King Him Lo

Shell Global Solutions, Inc., Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2002-28267, pp. 513-518; 6 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


In the past few years, drilling for oil and gas has been conducted in increasingly greater water depth, with recent records approaching 10,000.0 ft water depth. Ultra-deepwater drilling demands increased performance from mooring systems, such as tight watch circle, enhanced reliability, and ease of deployment. Synthetic fiber mooring lines are essential components to help meet these demands. Because of the lack of industry experience with this new material, advanced studies are required to properly design and optimize polyester-based mooring systems for ultra-deepwater drilling. This paper provides information on the performance of polyester mooring lines, based on coupled and un-coupled analyses and compares various design methodologies.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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