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Structural Integrity Evaluation of Jackets Submitted to Through Cracks

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Antoine Rouhan, Franck Schoefs

Laboratoire de Génie Civil de Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Nantes Cedex, France

Paper No. OMAE2002-28310, pp. 257-263; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 2
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3612-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The study of the impact of through cracks on structural integrity of jacket platforms still a challenge. The detection of such cracks is of great importance and a miss, or a spurious indication can lead to maintenance costs overrun. In the context of risk-based inspection and monitoring of such structures, a global methodology is proposed. The detection of large cracks is first addressed. A probabilistic model is proposed, taking into account the in situ inspections performances and the probability of crack presence. This is achieved by the use of the detection theory. Second, a finite element that is able to represent the structural behaviour of through cracked tubular nodes is proposed and a global structural integrity measure is suggested. Finally, inspection results are introduced in order to compute the expected platform structural integrity. It is illustrated by considering FMD inspections results of a tripod structure. Effects of false alarms can then be underlined.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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