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Progressive Mooring-Line Failure of a Deepwater MODU in Hurricane Conditions

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Zhi Zhang, M. H. Kim, E. G. Ward

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Paper No. OMAE2009-79794, pp. 711-716; 6 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4341-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


During 2004–2005, three consecutive category-5 storms hit the central region of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and damaged numerous drilling and production platforms. Since then, a number of forensic studies have been conducted to better understand the failure causes and mechanism. In this study, a representative deepwater semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) that suffered a mooring failure and went adrift during the hurricane Ivan was selected for numerical forensic study. The platform responses and progressive mooring-line failure are simulated in the time domain. A time-domain vessel-mooring coupled dynamic analysis computer program is used to simulate the sequence of progressive mooring-line failure of the MODU in the hindcast Ivan environment, in which the wind, wave, and currents were non-collinear. The case of non-collinear environment is also compared with that of collinear environment. The numerical prediction and simulated results are compared with the available field-analysis data.

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