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Structural Integrity Management for a Large Pre-Stressed Concrete Floating Production Unit

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Bertrand Lanquetin

TOTAL S.A., Paris, France

Pascal Collet, Jose Esteve

Bureau Veritas, Paris La Defénse, France

Paper No. OMAE2007-29535, pp. 339-350; 12 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Structures, Safety and Reliability; Petroleum Technology Symposium
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4268-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Offshore Floating Production Units, usually deployed under long-term plan, handle the field production so they cannot be easily removed for dry-docking and repair. In order to constantly analyze and monitor the condition of the units, a tailor-made methodology has been developed and implemented since 2004 for the Integrity Management of our Floating Units currently in operation. The paper gives a description of this methodology, and then focuses on how the methodology was deployed for the large pre-stressed concrete Floating Production Unit (FPU) located offshore Congo on N’KOSSA field. This FPU is the largest existing pre-stressed concrete Floating Production Unit, built with high performance concrete, installed offshore since 1996 in 170 m water depth. She has now accumulated 10 years of production. A significant part of the methodology is based on a full Finite Element Model (FEM) with non-linear analysis capacity for the concrete structure, incorporating a description of passive and active steel. There is often an anchored perception that a concrete unit is something not requiring attention once installed. This paper shows otherwise, underlining the complexity of modeling the highly non linear characteristics of pre-stressed high performance concrete and degradation modes.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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