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TLP Reliability Study Based on the Limit State of Tendon Unlatching

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Guang Li, Hugh Banon, Ron Perego

BP America, Inc., Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2005-67083, pp. 45-50; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The tendons of a tension leg platform are critical structural components in maintaining the system integrity. A common tendon design limit is associated with the minimum tendon tension. Most TLP reliability studies in the past defined the minimum-tension limit state as the loss of tendon tension. However, studies have shown that temporary tension loss at a corner of a TLP will not necessarily jeopardize the system integrity if the tendon is allowed to stroke down during a loss of tension event. Hence, we define the limit state associated with minimum tension event as the down-stroke where the tendon unlatches itself. An approximate method is proposed in this study to evaluate the probability of tendon unlatching. Sensitivities to the key assumptions are also investigated.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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