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A Comparison of the Surface Extrapolation and Battelle Structural Stress Methodologies as Applied to a Spectral Fatigue Analysis of a Representative FPSO Structural Detail

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Brian E. Healy

FloaTEC LLC, Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2007-29739, pp. 269-279; 11 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 4: Materials Technology; Ocean Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4270-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A spectral fatigue analysis using both the surface extrapolation and Battelle structural stress methodologies has been performed on a side shell connection detail typical of a representative FPSO or tanker vessel. This marks the first time the Battelle method has been adapted to spectral fatigue and details of the implementation are presented for narrow banded applications. Fatigue damage at the toe along a number of weld lines is computed for a variety of surface extrapolation strategies and Battelle method options. Results are reported and compared. Recommendations regarding the application of the Battelle method to spectral fatigue are made.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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