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A Novel 6DOF Rigid Connector for Large Floating Platforms

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Henry Lei Han

Hann-Ocean Technology Pte Ltd., Singapore

Paper No. OMAE2007-29557, pp. 17-26; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/OMAE2007-29557
From:
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Ocean Space Utilization; Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; The Robert Dean Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Engineering; Special Symposium on Offshore Renewable Energy
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4271-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

This paper addresses key practical issues in joining modular pontoons for constructing large floating platforms in rough seas. Five fundamental requirements for an ideal pontoon connector design are summarized to be self-alignment, impact attenuation, rigid engagement, self-tensioning and adequate strength. Nine relevant patents on pontoon connector designs are reviewed based on the 5 requirements. A novel design concept of floating platform securing device (connector) is introduced, which consists of Fender Connector [11 ] and Frictional Locking Connector [12 ]. The new connector concept integrates the five functions into one compact connector design. The design concept, working model, product prototyping and testing are presented. The performance and benefits of the connector are illustrated. The current and future developments are discussed. The potential applications are exemplified.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME

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