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Collapse Analysis of Offshore Platforms Using Constrained New Waves

[+] Author Affiliations
Mehrdad Kimiaei, Daud W. Edgarth

University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

Paper No. OMAE2014-24549, pp. V04BT02A038; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 4B: Structures, Safety and Reliability
  • San Francisco, California, USA, June 8–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4543-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Traditionally regular deterministic wave theories are employed to estimate wave loads on offshore platforms but they cannot capture random nature of the sea states. Randomly generated sea surfaces will lead to most accurate results for structural responses due to waves but they are usually based on long duration simulations and hence need excessive computational efforts. Constrained NewWaves (CNWs), with significantly shorter computational time, have recently been used successfully for estimating of structural response of offshore platforms due to waves. For extreme waves, as long as there is no indication of major structural nonlinearity in the system, they have shown reasonably accurate results as an alternative for long duration randomly generated sea surfaces.

This paper is concerned with using CNWs in collapse analysis of offshore platforms under extreme waves where large geometrical and material nonlinearities are expected. It shows how the plastic level of the response, total duration of the loading, the loading pattern and dynamic characteristics of the platform can influence the extreme response and collapse rates of the offshore platforms.

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