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Analysis and Design
Dr.S.Nallayarasu
Associate Professor
Department of Ocean Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai  600036, India
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Contents
1 INTRODUCTION 9
1.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2 Types of Oﬀshore Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
1.3 Fixed Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1.3.1 Steel template Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1.3.2 Concrete Gravity Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1.4 Compliant Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
1.4.1 Compliant Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
1.4.2 Guyed Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
1.4.3 Tension Leg Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
1.4.4 Articulated Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
1.5 Floating Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.5.1 Floating Production System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.5.2 Floating Production, Storage and oﬄoading System . . . . . . . . . . 19
1.6 Subsea System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
1.7 Fixed Platform Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
1.7.1 Functional Classiﬁcation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
1.7.2 Geometrical Classiﬁcation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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1.7.3 Foundation Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
2 DESIGN METHODOLOGY 23
2.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
2.2 Design Stages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.2.1 FEED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.2.2 Basic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.2.3 Detailed Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
3 LOADS 29
3.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
3.2 Types of Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
3.3 Gravity Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.3.1 Dead Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.3.2 Facility Dead Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.3.3 Fluid Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.3.4 Live Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
3.3.5 Drilling Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
3.4 Environmental Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
3.4.1 Wind Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
3.4.2 Wave and Current Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
3.4.3 Current Proﬁle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
3.4.4 Marine Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
3.4.5 Morison Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
3.4.6 WaveCurrent Interaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
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3.4.7 Selection of Wave Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
3.4.8 Wave Load on a Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
3.4.9 Maximum Global Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
3.4.10 Buoyancy Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
3.4.11 Ice Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
3.4.12 Mud Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
3.5 Load Estimation and Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
3.6 Load Combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
4 MATERIALS AND CORROSION 53
4.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
4.2 Structural Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
4.2.1 Structural Member Classiﬁcation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
4.2.2 Steel Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
4.2.3 Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
4.2.4 Chemical Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
4.2.5 Carbon Equivalent (CE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
4.2.6 Mechanical Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.2.7 Notch Toughness Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.2.8 Supplementary Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.3 Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.3.1 Seawater Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
4.3.2 Factors inﬂuencing corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
4.3.3 types of corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
4.3.4 Rates of corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
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4.4 Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
4.5 Cathodic Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
4.5.1 Sacriﬁcial Anode System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
5 SIMULATION 67
5.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
5.2 Structure Geometry selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
5.3 Geometry Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
5.3.1 Axis System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
5.3.2 Joints or Nodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
5.3.3 Members and properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
5.3.4 Oﬀsets and Eccentricities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
5.3.5 Wishbone Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
5.3.6 Dummy Structure Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
5.4 Foundation Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
5.4.1 Pile Modelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
5.4.2 Soil Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
5.4.3 Pile Group Eﬀect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
5.5 Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
5.5.1 Dead Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
5.5.2 Equipment Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
5.5.3 Fluid Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
5.5.4 Drilling Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
5.5.5 Live Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
5.5.6 Wind, Wave and Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
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6 Inplace Analyses 85
6.1 Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
6.2 Geometry Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
6.2.1 Simpliﬁed Topside Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
6.2.2 Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
6.2.3 Topsides Load COG Shift Envelope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
6.2.4 Minimum and Maximum Water Depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
6.2.5 Maximum Wave Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
6.2.6 Allowable Stresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
7 Dynamic Analysis 91
7.1 Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
7.2 Geometry Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
7.3 Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
7.3.1 Computer Generated Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
7.3.2 Direct Input Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
7.4 Foundation Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
7.5 Solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
7.5.1 Dynamic Ampliﬁcation factor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
8 Fatigue Analysis 95
8.1 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
8.2 Deterministic Fatigue Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
8.3 Wave Scatter Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
8.4 Spectral Fatigue Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
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8.4.1 Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
8.4.2 Wave Spectra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
8.4.3 Wave Theory Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
8.4.4 Wave Steepness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
8.4.5 Transfer Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
8.4.6 Selection of Frequencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
8.4.7 Stress Amplitudes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
8.4.8 Fatigue Life Calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
8.4.9 SN Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
8.4.10 Stress Concentration Factors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
8.4.11 Foundation Linearisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
9 Ship Impact Analysis 107
9.1 Impact Vessels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
9.2 Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
9.3 Method of Computing Impact Energy Dissipation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
9.4 Energy dissipation by member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
9.5 Energy Dissipation by Overall jacket deﬂection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
9.6 Structural Strength During Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
9.7 Push Over Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
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Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION
1.1 General
One of the greatest discovery of 20th century was oil and it has so many applications that
it cannot be separated from mankind. The oil exploration has started as early as 1900 and
the oil exploration initially was concentrated on on land. As the need for oil expands in an
explosive rate, need for ﬁnd new discoveries was eminent. During the middle of 20th century,
oil discovery started in near shore and medium range of water depth.
The need for qualiﬁed oﬀshore structural personnel are rapidly increasing as the oil industry
moves into deeper water in the search for additional supplies of oil and gas, new technology
is emerging at a rapid peace for the development of new concepts for oﬀshore platforms.
This book gives brief introduction to oﬀshore engineering with basic concepts of various
types of oﬀshore structures and provide insight into various design issues and requirements,
fabrication and installation techniques.
Chapter 1 gives introduction in to types of oﬀshore platforms based on water depth require
ments, geometry and installation concepts.
Chapter 2 gives some introduction to design methodology, and various design stages in a
oﬀshore development project.
Chapter 3 gives basic loads applied on oﬀshore structures and techniques of calculations of
such loading.
Chapter 4 gives introduction to material requirement for oﬀshore structures including cor
rosion.
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Chapter 5 gives introduction to materials used for oﬀshore structures, and corrosion and
cathodic protection.
Chapter 6 describes inplace analysis methodology, load combinations and and various prin
ciples involved in the design.
Chapter 7 describes methodology to carry out the dynamic analysis of an oﬀshore platform
and its application to fatigue and seismic analyses.
Chapter 8 gives method of fatigue analysis such as deterministic and spectral methods in
cluding, selection of SN curves, SCF equations etc.
Chapter 9 give some introduction in to ship impact with oﬀshore platforms and method to
carry out push over analysis.
1.2 Types of Oﬀshore Structures
The oﬀshore structures built in the ocean to explore oil and gas are located in depths from
very shallow water to the deep ocean. Depending on the water depth and environmental
conditions, the structural arrangement and need for new ideas required. Based on geometry
and behaviour, the oﬀshore structures for oil and gas development has been divided into
following categories.
1. Fixed Platforms
• Steel template Structures
• Concrete Gravity Structures
2. Compliant tower
• Compliant Tower
• Guyed Tower
• Articulated Tower
• Tension Leg Platform
3. Floating Structures
• Floating Production System
• Floating Production, Storage and Oﬄoading System
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1.3 Fixed Platforms
The ﬁxed type of platform shall exhibit a low natural period and deﬂection again environ
mental loads.
1.3.1 Steel template Structures
The steel template type structure consists of a tall vertical section made of tubular steel
members supported by piles driven into the sea be with a deck placed on top, providing space
for crew quarters, a drilling rig, and production facilities. The ﬁxed platform is economically
feasible for installation in water depths up to 500m.
These template type structures will be ﬁxed to seabed by means of tubular piles either driven
through legs of the jacket (main piles) or through skirt sleeves attached to the bottom of the
jacket.
The principle behind the ﬁxed platform design is to minimize the natural period of the
structure below 4 seconds to avoid resonant behaviour with the waves (period in the order
of 4 to 25 seconds. The structural and foundation conﬁguration shall be selected to achieve
this concept.
1.3.2 Concrete Gravity Platforms
Concrete gravity platforms are mostly used in the areas where feasibility of pile installation is
remote. These platforms are very common in areas with strong seabed geological conditions
either with rock outcrop or sandy formation.
Some part of north sea oil ﬁelds and Australian coast, these kind of platforms are located.
The concrete gravity platform by its name derive its horizontal stability against environmen
tal forces by means of its weight. These structures are basically concrete shells assembled in
circular array with stem columns projecting to above water to support the deck and facilities.
Concrete gravity platforms have been constructed in water depths as much as 350m.
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Figure 1.1: Diﬀerent types of Oﬀshore Structures
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Figure 1.2: Fixed Template type platform
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Figure 1.3: Concrete Gravity Platform
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Figure 1.4: Complaint Tower Platform
1.4 Compliant Structures
In addition to the developing technologies for exploration and production of oil and natural
gas, new concepts in deepwater systems and facilities have emerged to make ultradeepwater
projects a reality. With wells being drilled in water depths of 3000m, the traditional ﬁxed
oﬀshore platform is being replaced by stateoftheart deepwater production facilities. Com
pliant Towers, Tension Leg Platforms, Spars, Subsea Systems, Floating Production Systems,
and Floating Production, Storage and Oﬄoading Systems are now being used in water depths
exceeding 500m. All of these systems are proven technology, and in use in oﬀshore production
worldwide.
1.4.1 Compliant Tower
Compliant Tower (CT) consists of a narrow, ﬂexible tower and a piled foundation that
can support a conventional deck for drilling and production operations. Unlike the ﬁxed
platform, the compliant tower withstands large lateral forces by sustaining signiﬁcant lateral
deﬂections, and is usually used in water depths between 300m and 600m.
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Figure 1.5: Tension Leg Platforms
1.4.2 Guyed Tower
Guyed tower is an extension of complaint tower with guy wires tied to the seabed by means of
anchors or piles. This guy ropes minimises the lateral displacement of the platform topsides.
This further changes the dynamic characteristics of the system.
1.4.3 Tension Leg Platforms
A Tensionleg platform is a vertically moored ﬂoating structure normally used for the oﬀshore
production of oil or gas, and is particularly suited for water depths around 1000m to 1200
metres (about 4000 ft). The platform is permanently moored by means of tethers or tendons
grouped at each of the structure’s corners. A group of tethers is called a tension leg. A
feature of the design of the tethers is that they have relatively high axial stiﬀness (low
elasticity), such that virtually all vertical motion of the platform is eliminated. This allows
the platform to have the production wellheads on deck (connected directly to the subsea
wells by rigid risers), instead of on the seaﬂoor. This makes for a cheaper well completion
and gives better control over the production from the oil or gas reservoir.
Tension Leg Platform (TLP) consists of a ﬂoating structure held in place by vertical, ten
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Figure 1.6: SeaStar
sioned tendons connected to the sea ﬂoor by pilesecured templates. Tensioned tendons
provide for the use of a TLP in a broad water depth range with limited vertical motion. The
larger TLP’s have been successfully deployed in water depths approaching 1250m.
MiniTension Leg Platform (MiniTLP) is a ﬂoating minitension leg platform of relatively
low cost developed for production of smaller deepwater reserves which would be uneconomic
to produce using more conventional deepwater production systems. It can also be used as a
utility, satellite, or early production platform for larger deepwater discoveries. The world’s
ﬁrst MiniTLP was installed in the Gulf of Mexico in 1998.
SPAR Platform (SPAR) consists of a large diameter single vertical cylinder supporting a
deck. It has a typical ﬁxed platform topside (surface deck with drilling and production
equipment), three types of risers (production, drilling, and export), and a hull which is
moored using a taut catenary system of six to twenty lines anchored into the seaﬂoor. SPAR’s
are presently used in water depths up to 1000m, although existing technology can extend its
use to water depths as great as 2500m.
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1.4.4 Articulated Tower
Articulated tower is an extension of tension leg platform. The tension cables are replaced
by one single buoyant shell with suﬃcient buoyancy and required restoring moment against
lateral loads.
The main part of the conﬁguration is the universal joint which connects the shell with the
foundation system. The foundation system usually consists of gravity based concrete block
or some times with driven piles.
The articulated tower concept is well suited for intermediate water depths ranging from 150m
to 500m.
Figure 1.7: Articulated Tower Platforms
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1.5 Floating Structures
1.5.1 Floating Production System
Floating Production System (FPS) consists of a semisubmersible unit which is equipped
with drilling and production equipment. It is anchored in place with wire rope and chain,
or can be dynamically positioned using rotating thrusters. Production from subsea wells is
transported to the surface deck through production risers designed to accommodate platform
motion. The FPS can be used in a range of water depths from 600m to 2500m feet.
1.5.2 Floating Production, Storage and oﬄoading System
Floating Production, Storage and Oﬄoading System (FPSO) consists of a large tanker type
vessel moored to the seaﬂoor. An FPSO is designed to process and stow production from
nearby subsea wells and to periodically oﬄoad the stored oil to a smaller shuttle tanker.
The shuttle tanker then transports the oil to an onshore facility for further processing. An
FPSO may be suited for marginally economic ﬁelds located in remote deepwater areas where
a pipeline infrastructure does not exist. Currently, there are no FPSO’s approved for use in
the Gulf of Mexico. However, there are over 70 of these systems being used elsewhere in the
world.
1.6 Subsea System
Subsea System (SS) ranges from single subsea wells producing to a nearby platform, FPS,
or TLP to multiple wells producing through a manifold and pipeline system to a distant
production facility. These systems are presently used in water depths greater than 1500m.
1.7 Fixed Platform Concepts
For the last few decades, the ﬁxed platform concept has been utilized extensively over 300m
depth with various conﬁgurations.
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Figure 1.8: Floating Production storage and oﬄoading system (FPSO)
1.7.1 Functional Classiﬁcation
The oﬀshore platforms for oil and gas exploration purpose can be classiﬁed based on func
tionality and purpose of installation.
• Wellhead platform primarily meant for drilling and supporting wellhead equipment.
It supports very few equipment such as wellhead control panel and piping. Occasionally
it also supports helicopter landing structure for emergency evacuation.
• Process Platform  primary meant for production facilities (oil or gas) and it may
support in addition to equipment for production, such as power generation, utilities
and living quarters.
• Riser Platform  This is another kind of structure specially built to support all the
incoming and outgoing risers on a planned complex. This will also be connected to the
main platform by bridge.
• Living Quarters Platform  Some times due to safety requirements, the living quar
ters will be supported on a separate structure away from the wellhead and process
platforms. This types of platform will be located atleas 50m away from the neighbor
ing process platforms and will be connected by a bridge.
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Figure 1.9: Platform Complex
• Flare Support Platform The ﬂare boom structure to ﬂare the excess gas from well
reservoirs may be supported on a separate structure either a tripod or four legged
jacket for safety reasons. This is to avoid excessive heat on wellhead and process
equipment on the neighboring platforms. Usually this will located away by a distance
to be calculated based on the heat output during ﬂaring.
1.7.2 Geometrical Classiﬁcation
The structural conﬁguration of ﬁxed template type structures vary extensively from location
to location depending on the requirement and environmental conditions such as water depth,
wave and current loads etc. Based on geometry, jackets can be classiﬁed in to following
categories.
• Tripod  basically to support minimum facility such as few wellhead and riser or to
support a bridge between two major platforms or to support a ﬂare boom
• 4 Legged typically for wellhead platforms
• 6 or 8 Legged  mainly for process complex
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1.7.3 Foundation Concepts
The oﬀshore platforms shall be ﬁxed to the seabed by means of piles either driven through the
main legs of the jacket or through skirt sleeves attached to the jacket legs or the combinations
of both main and skirt piles. This kind of arrangement is shown in the following pictures.
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DESIGN METHODOLOGY
2.1 General
The design of oﬀshore structure is not an single step design process. The structural conﬁg
uration, arrangement, member sizes and its speciﬁcation requirements can be arrived after
few design cycles. In order to achieve a optimum design suitable for the installation method
proposed and satisfy the ﬁnal operating requirements, a design procedure suitable for the
project shall be developed.
In an oﬀshore project, the design of structural elements cannot be initiated unless the basic
understanding of the needs are identiﬁed. The basic needs are
• What is the type of platform ? Oil or Gas, Process or Wellhead or Quarters etc
• What is ﬂoor area of topsides required ?
• Expected maximum weight of facilities ?
• What is basic water depth and environmental parameters such as wave and current ?
• Where is it located ?. Earthquake prone ?.
• What is type of installation ? Lift installed or Launch installed ?
• Any CAPEX constraints ?
The answer to the above questions will give some indication of type of jacket and topsides
required.
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2.2 Design Stages
The various design stages in an oﬀshore project is listed below.
• Front End Engineering Design (FEED) or Concept Selection
• Basic Design
• Detailed Design
2.2.1 FEED
The ﬁrst step in initiating an oﬀshore project is a FEED or concept selection. This stage of
project will involve following steps in all disciplines such as Process, Mechanical, Electrical
and Instrumentation in addition to Structural Engineering.
• Collection Process Data and identifying process needs and equipment
• Preliminary equipment sizing and area requirements
• Weight estimation based on past projects
• Identiﬁcation of Structural conﬁgurations
• Preliminary estimation of structural weight
• Identiﬁcation of installation methods
• Estimation of CAPEX within ±40%.
The above activities will deﬁne the project to a basic understanding and will provide enough
insight into carrying out further engineering activities.
2.2.2 Basic Design
At this stage of the project, the data collected during the FEED stage will be further veriﬁed
to make sure the authenticity and reliability of such data for further use. A detailed weight
estimates of all items involved in the project will be carried out. The process and mechanical
requirements will be further deﬁned and identiﬁed. A Design Basis (DB) will be developed
for the proposed facility containing following information.
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• Process information containing type of well ﬂuid (oil or gas) and its characteristics,
safety requirements and kind of process technology to be adopted.
• Mechanical requirement such as type of facility and basic equipment required for the
process, and material handling and safety
• Electrical requirement such power generation equipment, lighting and switch gears
etc
• Instrumentation requirement such as basic control system, feedback requirement etc.
• Piping information such as pressures, pipe sizes required etc.
• MetaOcean information such as water depth, wave, current, wind and tidal infor
mation at the site.
• Structural requirement such as materials proposed or available for use in the country,
design method to be adopted, codes and speciﬁcations to be used etc.
• Installation information such as type of barge, lifting crane, loadoutmethod, piling
hammer etc.
At the basic design stage, the deck area required, number deck levels, etc will be deﬁned.
This will lead to identiﬁcation of number of legs required to support the deck. Normally the
spacing between deck legs for a typical platform can vary from 10m to 20m beyond which it
may become uneconomical to design a braced deck truss structure.
Basic weight estimates for various disciplines such as structural, mechanical, electrical, in
strumentation and piping will be carried out. Based on the weight of total deck, it may then
be decided to fabricate the deck in one piece or in various modules. This kind decision can
only be taken together with the viable installation options such ”Availability of Heavy Lift
vessels in the region” or use of ﬂoatover technique. In case such methods are not possible,
then the total topsides shall be divided in to various functional modules such as compres
sion module, process module module, utility module, quarters module, etc. These modules
are self contained units with structure, piping, equipment etc fabricated and transported to
the site. These modules are then installed on top of the ”module Support Frame”, which
transfers the loads to the jacket. Some times this module support frame may not needed, if
the modules are organised properly over the legs. This kind of basic ideas shall be made at
the basic design stage.
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Figure 2.1: Deck Installation Concepts  Integrated Deck (Single Lift)
Figure 2.2: Deck Installation Concepts  Integrated Deck (Float Over)
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Utility Module
Living
Quarters
Wellhead Module Process Module
Module Support Frame
Drill Rig
Figure 2.3: Deck Installation Concepts  Modular Deck (MSF)
Compression Module
Living Quarters
Process Module Utility Module
Oﬀshore Splice
Figure 2.4: Deck Installation Concepts  Modular Deck (Modules)
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2.2.3 Detailed Design
Detailed design of oﬀshore platform will be initiated once the basic design conﬁrms the
economic viability and technical feasibility.
In the Detailed design or engineering of an oﬀshore platform following items of the jacket
and deck will be developed in detail.
Deck Jacket
Framing Plans Framing Plans
Framing Elevations Framing Elevations
Joint Details Joint Details
Plate Girder Details Pile makeup
Connection Details Launch Truss Details
Welding Details Welding Details
Deck plating & grating Launch Cradle details
Stairways and Walkways Walkways
Lifting Padeyes Lifting Padeyes
Transportation tiedown Transportation Tiedown
Monorails Details Caissons and supports
Equipment Support Details Conductor guides
Flare Boom Barge Bumbers
Bridge Boat Landing
Crane Pedestal Closure Plate details
Riser Clamps
Table 2.1: Detailed Design Items
All necessary analysis required to complete the design above items shall be carried out.
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Deck Jacket
Inplace Inplace
Loadout Loadout
Sea Transportation Sea Transportation
Lifting or Floatover Lifting or Launch
Miscellaneous Calculations Upending
Dynamic
Fatigue (Deterministic or Spectral)
On bottom Stability
Pile Driveability
Cathodic Protection
Ship Impact
Table 2.2: Detailed Design Analysis
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Chapter 3
LOADS
3.1 General
3.2 Types of Loads
Loads on oﬀshore structures are gravity loads and environmental loads. Gravity loads are
arising from dead weight of structure and facilities either permanent or temporary. Seismic
loads are arising from gravity loads and is a derived type.
Environmental loads play a major role governing the design of oﬀshore structures. Before
starting the design of any structure, prediction of environmental loads accurately is impor
tant. Various environmental loads acting on the oﬀshore platform is listed below.
• Gravity Loads
– Structural Dead Loads
– Facility Dead Loads
– Fluid Loads
– Live Loads
– Drilling Loads
• EnvironmentalLoads
– Wind Loads
– Wave Loads
– Current Loads
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– Buoyancy Loads
– Ice Loads
– Mud Loads
• Seismic Loads
3.3 Gravity Loads
3.3.1 Dead Loads
Dead loads includes the all the ﬁxed items in the platform deck, jacket, bridge and ﬂare
structures. It includes all primary steel structural members, secondary structural items such
as boat landing, padeyes, stiﬀeners, handrails, deck plating, small access platforms etc.
The primary structural steel members will be calculated based on the structural information
in the model automatically when a computer program is used to analyse the structure. But
the weight of secondary structural steel items shall be calculated applied to the structural
model at appropriate locations.
3.3.2 Facility Dead Loads
The structure built either for drilling or wellhead type platform or for process type platform
supports various equipment and facilities. These are ﬁxed type items and not structural
components. they do not have any stiﬀness to oﬀer in the global integrity of the structure
and shall not be modelled. The weight of such items shall be calculated and applied at the
appropriate locations according the plan of the structure. These items include
• Mechanical equipment
• Electrical equipment
• Piping connecting each equipment
• Electrical Cable trays
• Instrumentation items
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3.3.3 Fluid Loads
The ﬂuid loads are weight of ﬂuid on the platform during operation. This may include all the
ﬂuid in the equipment and piping. The weight of these items shall be calculated accurately
and applied to the correct locations.
3.3.4 Live Loads
Live loads are deﬁned as movable loads and will be temporary in nature. Live loads will only
be applied on areas designated for the purpose of storage either temporary or long term.
Further, the areas designed for laydown during boat transfer of materials from boat shall
also be considered as live loads.
Other live load include open areas such as walkways, access platforms, galley areas in the
living quarters, helicopter loads in the helipad, etc. These loads shall be applied in accordance
with the requirement from the operator of the platform. This load vary in nature from owner
to owner but a general guideline on the magnitude of the loads is given below.
Sl. No Location Load (kN/m
2
)
1 Storage / laydown 10
2 Walkway 5
3 Access Platform 5
4 Galley 10
Table 3.1: Live Loads
3.3.5 Drilling Loads
Drilling loads are due to drill rigs placed on top of the platform for drilling purposes. These
are large equipment assembled together and placed on top. Normally, drilling rigs are as
heavy as 500 Tonnes to 1000 Tonnes. These will deliver reaction forces on the deck and the
stiﬀness of the drilling rigs are not considered in the structural analysis. Hence the weight of
the structure shall be applied as load on the structure. Further, during drilling, additional
loads will be developed due to drill string and pulling operations. these loads also shall be
considered in the analysis.
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3.4 Environmental Loads
3.4.1 Wind Loads
The wind speed at 10m above LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) is normally provided (V
o
).
This wind speed shall be extrapolated to the height above for the calculation of wind speed.
The extrapolation shall be calculated as below.
V = V
o
_
y
10
_1
8
(3.1)
where y is the elevation of point in consideration in m above LAT and V is the velocity at
that point. Wind loads shall be calculated as per API RP2A guidelines.
Sustained wind speeds(10min mean) shall be used to compute global platform wind loads
and gust wind (3 second) shall be used to compute the wind loads to design individual
members.
The wind pressure can be calculated as
f
w
=
ρg
2
V
2
(3.2)
where F is the wind pressure per unit area, ρ (0.01255 kN/m
3
) is the density of air, g is
the gravitational acceleration (9.81 m/sec
2
) and V is the wind speed in m/sec. the above
equation can be simpliﬁed by substituting the values and can be expressed as
f
w
= 0.6V
2
kN/m
2
(3.3)
The total wind load on the platform can be calculated using the wind blockage area and the
pressure calculated as above. The shape coeﬃcient (C
s
) shall be selected as per AP RP2A
guidelines. But for the calculation of global wind load (for jacket and deck global analysis)
shape coeﬃcient can be 1.0.
The total force on the platform can be calculated as
F
x
= f
w
A
x
C
s
(3.4)
F
y
= f
w
A
y
C
s
(3.5)
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Y
X
θ
F
θ
A
y
A
y
A
1
A
2
F
y
F
x
The exposed areas (A
x
and A
y
) shall be calculated as length x height or width x height
depending on the axis system followed.
Wind load on oblique directions can be calculated using following relationship.
F
θ
= F
x
cos(θ) + F
y
sin(θ) (3.6)
In practical design, it is often only F
x
and F
Y
will be calculated and applied in the structural
analysis as basic loads and the wind load eﬀect due to nonorthogonal directions are simulated
using factors in terms of F
x
and F
y
in the load combinations. The factors can be calculated
as
The projected areas can be calculated as A
1
= A
x
cos(θ) and A
2
= A
y
sin(θ)
F
θ
= f
w
(A
1
+A
2
)) (3.7)
F
θ
= f
w
(A
x
cos(θ) + A
y
sin(θ)) (3.8)
F
θx
= f
w
(A
x
cos(θ) + A
y
sin(θ)) cos(θ) (3.9)
F
θy
= f
w
(A
x
cos(θ) + A
y
sin(θ)) sin(θ) (3.10)
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where F
θx
and F
θy
are the components of F
θ
in x and y directions respectively. Ratio between
F
θx
and F
x
can be expressed as
F
θx
F
x
=
f
w
(A
x
cos(θ) + A
y
sin(θ)) cos(θ)
f
w
A
x
(3.11)
F
θx
F
x
= cos
2
(θ) + (A
y
/A
x
)sin(θ)cos(θ) (3.12)
Similarly, ratio between F
θy
and F
y
can be expressed as
F
θy
F
y
=
f
w
(A
x
cos(θ) + A
y
sin(θ)) sin(θ)
f
w
A
y
(3.13)
F
θy
F
y
= sin
2
(θ) + (A
x
/A
y
)sin(θ)cos(θ) (3.14)
3.4.2 Wave and Current Loads
Methodology
In applying design waves load onto the oﬀshore structures, there are two ways of applying
it.
• Design Wave method
• Spectral Method
In design wave method, a discrete set of design waves (maximum) and associated periods
will be selected to generate loads on the structure. These loads will be used to compute the
response of the structure.
In the spectral method, a energy spectrum of the seastate for the location will be taken and
a transfer function for the response will be generated. These transfer function will be used
to compute the stresses in the structural members.
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Design Wave method
The forces exerted by waves are most dominant in governing the jacket structures design
especially the foundation piles. The wave loads exerted on the jacket is applied laterally on
all members and it generates overturning moment on the structure.
Period of wind generated waves in the open sea can be in the order of 2 to 20 seconds. Theses
waves are called gravity waves and contain most part of wave energy.
Maximum wave shall be used for the design of oﬀshore structures. The relationship between
the signiﬁcant wave height(H
s
) and the maximum wave height (H
max
) is
H
max
= 1.86H
s
(3.15)
The above equation correspond to a computation based on 1000 waves in a record.
The design wave height for various regions is tabulated below.
Region 1 year 100 year
Bay of Bengal 8 18
Gulf of Mexico 12 24
South China Sea 11 24
Arabian Sea 8 18
Gulf of Thailand 6 12
Persian Gulf 5 12
North Sea 14 22
Table 3.2: Maximum design waves in various regions
API RP2A requires both 1 year and 100 year recurrence wave shall be used for the design
of jacket and piles. Appropriate combination of loads with these waves shall be used in the
design. A onethird increase in permissible stress is allowed for 100 year storm conditions.
Spectral Method
Instead of simulating the design wave environment by discrete maximum wave, a design sea
state described by energy spectrum of for the given site will be used in the load simulation.
A directional spectrum can also be used to simulate the changes design wave seastate.
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Surface
Seabed
Wind Driven Current
Tidal Current
X
Y
Figure 3.1: Current Proﬁles
Various seastate energy spectra are available for use, some of which are listed below.
• PM Spectra
• Jonswap Spectra
• ISSC Spectra
3.4.3 Current Proﬁle
Oceans currents induce drag loading on oﬀshore structures. These currents together with
the action of waves generate dynamic loads.
Ocean currents are classiﬁed into few types based on their nature viz, tidal current, wind
driven current and current generated due to ocean circulation. Wind driven currents are
small in nature and it varies linearly with depth where as tidal currents vary nonlinearly
with depth. Similarly, the currents generated due to ocean circulation will vary nonlinear
with depth and can be as much as 5 m /sec.
The current variation with depth is shown in Figures and can be expressed as below.
V
T
= V
oT
_
y
h
_1
7
(3.16)
where V
T
is the tidal current at any height from sea bed, V
oT
is the tidal current at the
surface, y is the distance measure in m from seabed nd h is the water depth.
V
W
= V
oW
y
h
(3.17)
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where V
W
is the wind driven current at any height from sea bed, V
oW
is the wind driven
current at the surface, y is the distance measure in m from seabed nd h is the water depth.
3.4.4 Marine Growth
Marine growth is an important part in increasing the loads on oﬀshore structures. The
growth of marine algae increases the diameter and roughness of members which in turn
cause the wave or current loading to increase. Detailed discussion on the member roughness
and its relationship with hydrodynamic coeﬃcients can be found in API RP2A.
The thickness of marine growth generally decrease with depth from the mean sea level and
it is maximum in the splash zone. The thickness of marine growth in the splash zone can
be as much as 20cm and will reduce below to 5cm. In deeper zones, the thickness may be
negligible.
Splash Zone is a region where the water levels ﬂuctuate between low to high. The actual
elevation of the bottom and top of these vary from location to location due to diﬀerent tidal
conditions. In general terms, the splash zone will vary from 3m to +5m.
In structural analysis, the increased diameter of the member (D = d +t
m
) shall be included
so that the wave and current loads can be calculated correctly. D and d are the diameter
of increased member and original member respectively and t
m
is the thickness of marine
growth.
The roughness of the marine growth is an important parameter in determining the drag and
inertia coeﬃcients. reference shall be made relevant API RP2A clauses for more details.
3.4.5 Morison Equation
Wave and current loading can be calculated by Morison equation.
Morison equation can be written as :
F
T
=
1
2
C
D
ρ
w
D V V  +
πD
2
4
C
M
ρ
w
a (3.18)
where F
T
is the total force, ρ
w
is the density of water, C
D
and C
M
are the drag and inertia
coeﬃcients respectively, D is the diameter of the member including marine growth, V is the
velocity and a is the acceleration.
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The ﬁrst term in the equation is drag component (F
D
)and the second term is the inertia
component (F
I
). This can be expressed as
F
T
= F
D
+ F
I
(3.19)
Most of the time, current exist in the same direction of the wave propagation and hence
the current shall be taken into consideration in the load calculation. However, algebraic
sum of wave and current loads is diﬀerent from calculation of load by adding the horizontal
water particle velocity with the current velocity and computing the loads. This is because
of nonlinear term in the drag equation.
Current velocity shall be added vectorially with the water particle velocity before computa
tion of drag force, i.e. V = V
w
+ V
c
where V is the total velocity, V
w
is the Velocity due to
waves and V
c
is the velocity of current. This is required since there is a square term in the
drag force equation.
3.4.6 WaveCurrent Interaction
The wave current interaction is an important phenomenon since the waves propagate on
the current. Both current modiﬁes the wave and wave modiﬁes the current exist. But the
former takes most priority in the calculations of wave loads. This interaction modiﬁes the
wave parameters and modiﬁes the wave ﬁeld. Depending on the direction of current in
respect of wave direction, it either stretches the wave longer or shortens it.
If the current travels in the same direction as the wave, then the wave period becomes longer
and it is called apparent wave period (T
app
). Recommendation of API RP2A shall be used
to estimate the apparent wave period. Following simultaneous equations shall be solved to
obtain the apparent wave period.
L
T
=
L
T
app
+ V
I
(3.20)
T
app
=
2πL
g tanh kh
(3.21)
V
I
=
4π/L
sinh kh
_
0
−h
U
c
(z) cosh 2k(z +h)dz (3.22)
Refer to API clause 2.3.1.b (1) for more details on how to compute this apparent wave period.
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3.4.7 Selection of Wave Theory
The computation of wave kinematics such as velocity and acceleration involves the equations
from wave theory. There are various kinds of solutions available depending on the accuracy
required, and parameters involved in the computation. The various wave theories are listed
below.
• Linear / Airy Wave Theory
• Stokes Wave Theory (up to 5th order approximations)
• Stream Function Wave Theory (up to 22nd order approximations)
• Cnoidal Wave Theory
Depending on the location such as deep water or shallow water and associated wave param
eters, a suitable wave theory shall be selected for use. API RP 2A recommends to use a
chart for such selection based on d/gT
2
and H/gT
2
as the X and Y axis. Refer to Figure.
The wave theories discussed above are for nonbreaking waves. For H/h > 0.78, these theories
are not applicable as the waves tend to break. In such situation, empirical equations shall
be used to calculate the breaking wave forces on the structures.
3.4.8 Wave Load on a Member
The various steps involved in calculating loads on a member can be shown graphically.
Morison equation is a general form and can not be applied to all members in the oﬀshore
structure. It was developed speciﬁcally for a surface piercing cylinder like pile of a structure.
But in reality, the members of the oﬀshore structure may be horizontal or inclined in space
and can not used without modiﬁcation.
Water Wave Kinematics
Airy wave theory is considered in the calculation of wave kinematics. Consider a progressive
wave with water surface elevation depicted by cosine curve,
ζ =
H
2
cos(kx − ωt) (3.23)
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Figure 3.2: Selection of wave theory for load calculation 9ref : API RP 2A)
and the corresponding velocity potential is given by
φ = −
H
2
ω
k
cosh k(h + z)
sinh kh
sin(kx − ωt) (3.24)
The horizontal and vertical velocity and acceleration of water particle can be calculated
using the following equations.
V
h
= −
∂φ
∂x
=
H
2
ω
cosh k(h +z)
sinh kh
cos(kx − ωt) (3.25)
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Figure 3.3: Procedure for Calculation Wave Plus Current Loads (Extract from API RP 2A)
V
v
= −
∂φ
∂z
=
H
2
ω
sinh k(h +z)
sinh kh
sin(kx − ωt) (3.26)
a
h
=
∂V
h
∂t
=
H
2
ω
2
cosh k(h +z)
sinh kh
sin(kx − ωt) (3.27)
a
v
=
∂V
v
∂t
= −
H
2
ω
2
sinh k(h + z)
sinh kh
cos(kx − ωt) (3.28)
where k is the wave number deﬁned by 2π/L, ω is the wave circular frequency deﬁned by
2π/T, L is the wave length, and x is the distance of the point in consideration from origin.
Maximum Load on a vertical member
Consider a case of a surface piercing cylinder such as pile of a structure or a leg of a jacket,
the combined drag and inertia force (total force) varies with time and will be maximum only
at one occasion. In order ﬁnd the maximum force, phase angle at which the maximum force
occurs shall be found ﬁrst.
Let us express the total force on the pile by substituting the velocity and acceleration com
ponents and integrating between the limits (from surface to seabed, i.e., 0 to h),
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Mean Sea Level (M.S.L)
Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT)
Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)
h
x
y
Direction of Wave Propagation
Figure 3.4: Wave Loads on Jacket Structure
F
T
=
1
2
C
D
ρ D
π
2
H
2
T
2
cos θ cos θ
sinh
2
kh
_
sinh(2kh)
4k
+
h
2
_
−C
M
ρ
πD
2
4
2π
2
H
T
2
sin θ
k
(3.29)
The total force will be maximum when,
∂F
T
∂θ
= 0 (3.30)
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Substituting the values of velocity and acceleration components in to the drag and inertia
force equation and diﬀerentiating with respect to θ and rearranging the terms, we get
θ
max
= cos
−1
_
−
πD
H
C
M
C
D
2 sinh
2
kh
(sinh 2kh + 2kh)
_
(3.31)
Maximum Load on a horizontal member
Consider a case of a horizontal cylinder such as brace of a jacket, the combined drag and
inertia force (total force) varies with time and will be maximum only at one occasion. In
order ﬁnd the maximum force, phase angle at which the maximum force occurs shall be
found ﬁrst.
Let us express the total force on the pile by substituting the velocity and acceleration,
F
T
=
1
2
C
D
ρ D
H
2
ω
2
4
cos θ cos θ
_
cosh
2
k(z + h)
sinh kh
_
−C
M
ρ
πD
2
4
Hω
2
2
sin θ
_
cosh
2
k(z +h)
sinh kh
_
(3.32)
The total force will be maximum when,
∂F
T
∂θ
= 0 (3.33)
Substituting the values of velocity and acceleration components in to the drag and inertia
force equation and diﬀerentiating with respect to θ and rearranging the terms, we get
θ
max
= sin
−1
_
−
πD
2H
C
M
C
D
sinh kh
cosh k(h + z)
_
(3.34)
Maximum Load on a inclined member
The resultant force on a arbitrarily oriented circular cylinder in water waves can be calculated
using vector analysis combined with Morison equation.
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The resultant force on a cylinder in general has component normal to the cylinder axis F
n
and a component along the axis of the cylinder (a tangential component) F
t
. Thus, the total
force per unit length of the cylinder can be written as
F =
F
n
+
F
t
(3.35)
Each of these components can be expressed as functions of the ﬂuid particle motions by
using Morison’s equation. The force in normal direction can be expressed as
F
n
=
F
n
D
+
F
n
I
(3.36)
where F
n
D
and F
n
I
are the drag and inertia forces respectively. These forces can be expressed
as
F
n
D
=
1
2
C
n
D
Dρ
V
n

V
n
 (3.37)
F
n
I
=
1
4
πC
n
M
ID
2
ρ a
n
(3.38)
where
C
n
D
= Drag coeﬃcient for ﬂow normal to the cylinder
C
n
M
= Inertia coeﬃcient for ﬂow normal to the cylinder
D = Diameter of cylinder
ρ = Density of seawater
V
n
= Velocity of ﬂuid particle normal to the cylinder axis
a
n
= Acceleration of ﬂuid particle normal to the cylinder axis
In the tangential direction, only a skin friction drag term exists since inertial component
along the member axis does not exist unless a axial inertia coeﬃcient is speciﬁed. Hence the
equation for tangential force can be written as
F
t
=
F
t
D
(3.39)
F
t
D
=
1
2
C
t
D
Dρ
V
t

V
t
 (3.40)
where
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C
n
D
= Drag coeﬃcient for ﬂow tangential to the cylinder
V
t
= Velocity of ﬂuid particle tangential to the cylinder axis
These forces can be summed and expressed in terms of cylinder local axis as below.
F
x
=
1
2
C
t
D
Dρ
V
t

V
t
 (3.41)
F
y
=
1
2
C
n
D
Dρ
V
n

V
y
 +
1
4
πC
n
M
ID
2
ρ a
y
(3.42)
F
z
=
1
2
C
n
D
Dρ
V
n

V
z
 +
1
4
πC
n
M
ID
2
ρ a
z
(3.43)
The maximum forces can only be found numerically by calculating the forces for one wave
cycle.
3.4.9 Maximum Global Loads
Maximum global loads on a platform can be calculated using two principles.
• Maximum Base Shear Method
• Maximum Overturning Moment Method
It is important that the wave loads on the structure be checked for both conditions. The
maximum overturning moment method will give more pile loads than the other. Similarly,
the maximum base shear method may govern the design of some jacket leg members near
seabed due to high shear.
Maximum Base Shear
Maximum base shear or maximum total force on a structure has to be determined for the
global analysis of structures. As the wave propagates across structure wave force on each
member is diﬀerent and all the locations will not be attaining the maximum forces. To ﬁnd
the maximum total force a structure, following steps need to be considered.
• Position the wave crest at the origin of the structure as shown in Figure.
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• Divide one wave cycle into number of segments either in terms of θ or in terms of
length.
• Compute the wave forces on all members at that instant of time using water wave
velocities and accelerations computed.
• Sum up the forces in horizontal direction for all the members.
• Repeat the calculation in step 4 for all the points for one wave cycle.
• The maximum of all the total forces computed in step 5 is the maximum base shear
or total force.
Maximum Overturning moment
Maximum overturning moment on a structure can be determined following the procedure for
the maximum base shear case. In this case, the loads on the members shall be multiplied by
the lever arm from mudline. This shall be summed up and the procedure shall be repeated
for all the steps in the wave.
3.4.10 Buoyancy Loads
The oﬀshore structural members mostly made buoyant by air tight sealing of the welds
to avoid water entry. This is purposely planned so that the overall structure will have
adequate buoyancy during installation. Typical example is the jacket structure. This kind
of structure requires at least a reserve buoyancy of 10% to 15%. The reserve buoyancy is
deﬁned as buoyancy in excess of its weight. To obtain this buoyancy, structural tubular
members are carefully selected such that their buoyancy / weight ratio is greater than 1.0.
This means that the member will ﬂoat in water. On other hand, if the member is part of a
structure supported at its two ends and forced to be submerged by weight of other members,
this member will experience a upward force equal to the displaced volume of water. This is
called buoyancy force. The buoyancy force can be calculated by two methods.
• Marine Method
• Rational Method
The marine method assumes that the member in consideration considered to have rigid body
motion. This means that the weight of the member is calculated using submerged density
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Water Surface
Buoyancy by
Rational Method
Selfweight including
buoyancy (Marine Method)
Self Weight alone
Figure 3.5: Buoyancy Calculation methods
of steel and applied to the member vertically down as an uniformly distributed load. This
buoyant weight W
B
of the member per unit length can be calculated as
W
B
=
1
4
π(D
2
− (D − t)
2
)(ρ
s
− 1.025) (3.44)
where ρ
s
is the density of steel
Unlike gravity which is a true body force acting on every particle of a body, buoyancy is the
resultant of ﬂuid pressure acting on the surface of the body. These pressures can only act
normal to the surface.
The rational method takes in to account this pressure distribution on the structure, results
in a system of loads consisting of distributed loads along the members and concentrated
loads at the joints. The loads on the members are perpendicular to the member axis and in
the vertical plane containing the member. The magnitude of this distributed member load
can be expressed as
B
B
=
1
4
πD
2
ρ
w
cos α (3.45)
where α is the angle between the member and its projection on a horizontal plane
The joint loads consists of forces acting in the directions of all of the members meeting at the
joint. These joint forces act in a direction that would compress the corresponding members
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if they acted directly on them, and have magnitude of :
P
B
= ρ
w
Ah (3.46)
where
A = ”displaced” area i.e. the material area for ﬂooded members,
the enclosed area for nonﬂooded members
h = water depth at the end of the member being considered
3.4.11 Ice Loads
For structures located in polar regions and cold countries, ice loading shall be considered in
the design. In this regions, the ice sheets of varying thicknesses can move from one location
to other due to tide and under water current. These ices sheets when come closer and hit
the oﬀshore structures, large impact force is experienced by the structure.
Mean Sea Level (M.S.L)
Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT)
Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)
F
Figure 3.6: Ice Loading on a structure
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This kind of force cannot be calculated by means of analytical tools. However, based on
experimental studies, an empirical equation is available and can be used to estimate the
force F
ice
.
F
ice
= C f A (3.47)
where
f
ice
= Crushing strength of ice vary between 1.5 MPa to 3.5 MPa
C
ice
= Ice force coeﬃcient vary between 0.3 to 0.7
A = Area struck by ice (Diameter of member x ice sheet thickness)
3.4.12 Mud Loads
Platforms located in the vicinity of the river mouth (shallow water platforms) may experience
the mud ﬂow loads. The river ﬂow brings sediment transport and nearby mud towards the
platform and may slide through the location.
Sometimes over a long period of time sediment settlement at the location of the platform
may have sloping surface and mud slides can also generate mud loads.
These loads can be calculated using
F
mud
= C
mud
τ D (3.48)
where
C
mud
= Force Coeﬃcient vary from 7 to 9
τ = Shear strength of soil 5 KPa to 10 kPa
D = Diameter of pile or or member)
3.5 Load Estimation and Distribution
The gravity loads on the topside shall be estimated with care, especially at the initial stage
of the project. During initial stage, no reliable information may be available. based on past
experience weight of various items shall be assumed. Hence the possibility of weight overrun
during the project can occur.
In order to reduce the risk of such situation and further consequences of redesign, a planned
method of estimation and control shall be introduced called ”Weight Control procedure”.
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Mean Sea Level (M.S.L)
Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT)
Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)
Stiﬀ and Stable Soil
Soft or Unstable soil
Mud Slide
Figure 3.7: Mud Loading on a structure
In the weight control procedure, the weight elements of an topside shall be divided into the
following categories.
• Primary Structure
• Secondary Structure
• Mechanical Equipment
• Piping & Bulks
• Electrical Equipment
• Instrumentation
In a typical wellhead platform, the distribution or break down of total weight or payload is
shown in Table.
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No Category %
1 Primary Structure 20
2 Secondary Structure 15
3 Mechanical Equipment 25
4 Piping & Bulks 25
5 Electrical Equipment 10
6 Instrumentation 5
Total 100
Table 3.3: Typical Break down of total topside loads
The weight estimation of various components will start as early as FEED stage. Structural
analysis of concepts selected will require reasonable data for loading the structure with
and subsequent analysis work. However, the equipment and other information may not be
available at so early in the project. Hence weight estimation with suitable ”contingency”
shall be used in the design. Further, during the progress of the project, design requirement
may change due to fundamental change in process techniques, equipment selection etc. This
contingency is used to allow for such unforeseen growth in the topside load. This contingency
is normally kept at higher during the initial stage and can be reduced once the information
on each item is available.
No Category FEED Basic Detail Fabrication Weighing
Design Design Stage Stage
1 Primary Structure 25 20 15 10 5
2 Secondary Structure 35 30 25 15 5
3 Mechanical Equipment 45 30 25 15 5
4 Piping & Bulks 35 30 25 15 5
5 Electrical Equipment 40 30 15 10 5
6 Instrumentation 35 30 25 15 5
Table 3.4: Variation of contingency through project duration
Further, the variation in weight due to mill tolerances, fabrication tolerance, welding etc
shall also be accounted for in the design. This allowances can be normally estimated and
included. The total allowance for this shall be at least 5%.
There is another allowance normally kept aside during the design is the allowance for future
expansion. This is normally decided by owner or developer of the ﬁeld and identiﬁed future
expansion. This is called Future expansion allowance.
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10
20
30
40
50
FEED BASIC DESIGN DETAIL DESIGN FABRICATION
DESIGN / FABRICATION STAGES
Upper bound
Lower bound
Figure 3.8: Variation of Contingency through project duration
3.6 Load Combinations
The load combinations used for adequacy checking of any oﬀshore structure can be divided
into following four categories.
• Normal Operating Case  Maximum gravity loads arising from normal operation of
the platform with 1 year return period wave, current and wind. This case is used to
check the structure against loads during the normal operation of the platform.
• Hydrotest case  This is a case where hydrotesting and commissioning of equipment
and piping is carried out oﬀshore. In this case, the equipment and piping will be fully
ﬁlled with sea water and maximum gravity loads will be developed. It should be noted
that not all equipment will be hydrotested simultaneously. It will be done one by one.
This case is used to check the local strength of the deck structure.
• Extreme Storm Case  Maximum gravity loads arising from extreme case with 100
year return period storm wave, current and wind. This case is used to check the
structure due to loads during 100 year return period storm together with platform
gravity loads.
– Some platforms are designed to be unmanned and will be operation during the
storm with remote control. Typically, a wellhead platform with only very mini
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mum personnel onboard will be fully functional except that the personnel will be
evacuated during the storm.
– Second type of platforms are process platforms with attached living quarters where
large number of people staying on board, platform will be shutdown, and the
people will be evacuated during a severe storm.
• Pull out case  Minimum gravity loads arising from extreme case with 100 year return
period storm wave, current and wind. This case is used to check the maximum tension
loads on the piles and structural members.
• Seismic case  Maximum gravity loads with seismic loads from either strength level
earthquake or ductility level earthquake as per actual design requirement. This case
is used to check the seismic condition if the platform is located in seismically active
region.
Depending on type of platform operation such as process, welhead / drilling or living quar
ters, the required load combinations during a normal operation or extreme storm may change.
This is illustrated in the Tables.
The above table is based on the Working stress method (WSD) and does not include any
contingencies. Suitable contingency shall be added to the load combination.
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Normal Hydrotest Extreme Tension
No Load Category Operating case Storm Pullout Seismic
case case case case case
1 Gravity Loads
Structural Dead Loads 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Mechanical Equipment 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Piping & Bulks 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Electrical Equipment 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Instrumentation 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Operating Fluids 1.00  1.00  1.00
Hydrotest Fluids 1.00 1.00   
Live Loads 1.00 0.50   0.50
2 Drilling Loads
Drilling Equipment 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 1.00
Supplies 1.00    0.50
Hook Loads 1.00   
Rotary Loads   1.00 
3 Environmental Loads
Operating Wind 1.00 1.00  
Extreme Wind   1.00 1.00
Operating Wave+current 1.00 1.00   
Extreme Wave+Current  1.00 1.00 
4 Seismic Loads     1.00
Table 3.5: Load Combination for an oﬀshore platform design based WSD
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Chapter 4
MATERIALS AND CORROSION
4.1 General
Selection of suitable material for the oﬀshore structure is a very important aspect. Materials
for oﬀshore applications include the following.
• Structural Materials
– Structural Steel  Low carbon steel used for ll kinds of structural members in the
platforms
– Structural concrete  Marine grade concrete used for construction of columns and
bases of gravity type platforms
– Cement grout  used for grouting annulus between the pile and jacket leg or skirt
• Piping Materials
– Carbon Steel used for normal process piping
– Stainless steel
– Steel Alloys such duplex steel, super duplex steel etc for transporting corrosive
ﬂuids such crude oil etc
– Fibre Reinforced Plastics  used for sea water service such as ﬁre water system
• Miscellaneous Materials
– Fibre Reinforced Plastics  used for splash zone protection of piles and members,
marine growth preventer etc
– Fibre Glass  used for grating on oﬀshore platforms
– Timber  used for miscellaneous applications such as launch skid, temporary
works, mudmat, etc.
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4.2 Structural Steel
Oﬀshore structures are generally constructed of structural steel. But these structures are
mostly either ﬁxed template type structures and deep water complaint structures. Some
times the concrete gravity type structure are also constructed. In this chapter, the type of
steel materials and its behaviour under water is discussed.
4.2.1 Structural Member Classiﬁcation
Structural members in the oﬀshore structures can be classiﬁed into following categories based
on the criticality.
• Primary Structural Member  Primary Structural members shall include members
and components essential to the overall integrity and safety of the primary structure.
• Secondary Structural Member  Secondary Structural Steel shall include members
and components essential to the local integrity of the structure where failure of these
members will not aﬀect the overall integrity and safety of the primary structure.
• Special Members  Special members are parts of primary members located in, or at
the vicinity of, critical load transmission areas and of stress concentration locations.
• Ancillary Members  Ancillary’ members are minor members and attachments,
which do not fall in the above categories.
Typical examples in each category is given in Table 4.1.
Category Deck Jacket
Primary Legs, main truss members, Legs, piles, braces
plate girders
Secondary stringers, ﬂoor plates Minor braces, caissons,
conductor supports
Special Nodes, lifting padeyes Nodes, padeyes
Ancillary handrails, platforms, supports walkways, bumpers and guides
Table 4.1: Typical member types in Deck and Jacket
4.2.2 Steel Grades
The four (4) grades of steel, which may be used to fabricate plate, rolled shapes, builtup
girders and beams, and tubulars, are
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• Mild Steel (MS)
• Special Mild Steel (SMS)
• High Strength Steel (HS)
• Special High Strength Steel (SHS)
Mild Steel (MS)
a) Mild Steel (MS) plate, shapes, and plate for tubulars, shall conform to ASTM A 36,
”Speciﬁcation for Structural Steel”.
b) Structural grade seamless line pipe may be used for tubular less than 508 mm O.D., for
handrails, grating supports, walkways, or as shown on the Fabrication Drawings. Line pipe
shall meet the requirements of API Speciﬁcation 5L Grade B or ASTM A 53 Grade B.
c) All mild steel shall have a minimum of 250 MPa yield strength.
Special Mild Steel (SMS)
Special Mild Steel (SMS) plate shall conform to ASTM A 36, except that this steel shall be
manufactured to a fully killed, ﬁne grain practice, grain size six (6) and ﬁner as determined
by ASTM E 112.
High Strength Steel (HS)
a) High Strength Steel (HS) plate shall conform to the requirements of API 2H Grade 50 or
ASTM A 633 Grade C.
b) High Strength Steel (HS) for rolled shapes shall conform to the requirements of ASTM A
633 Grade D.
c) These grades of steel shall be fully killed, ﬁne grain practice, grain size six (6) or ﬁner as
determined by ASTM E 112.
d) The carbon equivalent index shall be for Grade 50 steels as deﬁned by API Speciﬁcation
2H.
e) High Strength Steel for tubular less than 508 mm O.D. may conform to seamless API
Speciﬁcation 5L.
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Special High Strength Steel (SHS)
• Two (2) special high strength steels may be used in the structure(s):
• ”SHS50” shall conform to the requirements of API 2H Grade 50 or ASTM A 633 Grade
C, Normalized High Strength Low Alloy Structural Steel with API 2H supplements S1,
S4 and S5 applicable to either designation.
b) These materials shall be fully killed and normalized, grain size six (6) or ﬁner as
determined by ASTM E 112.
• The steels shall meet the requirements of ASTM A 578, ”Straight Beam Ultrasonic
Examination of Plain and Clad Steel Plates for Special Applications” and ASTM A770.
For ultrasonic examination acceptance level II shall be used and the entire plate shall
be scanned. Supplementary requirements S1 and S4 shall apply.
• The maximum carbon equivalent shall be as deﬁned by API Speciﬁcation 2H for Grade
50 steels.
4.2.3 Manufacturing
Materials shall be produced by a manufacturing process which includes ladle vacuum de
gassing, calcium argon stirring, or other suitable techniques which shall result in removal or
shape control of the complex oxysulﬁdes. The supplier shall provide a guarantee and sub
stantial proof that the required properties and weldability can be achieved with the proposed
process. Melting by the open hearth process shall not be allowed.
4.2.4 Chemical Requirements
The maximum allowable sulfur content shall be 0.006 percent. Rare earth metal (REM)
additions shall not be permitted. This approval shall be contingent upon a review of the
details concerning the type and amount of REM additions, how and at what point in the
melting  ladle degassing process are the REM added, the sulfur level and the extent of
degassing prior to the REM addition, and the method used for analysis and control.
4.2.5 Carbon Equivalent (CE)
CE = C +
Mn
6
+
Cr + Mo + V
5
+
Ni + Cu
15
(4.1)
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4.2.6 Mechanical Requirements
For grade SHS50, the minimum yield strength shall be 345 MPa and the minimum tensile
strength shall be 483 MPa for plates through 100mm in thickness.
4.2.7 Notch Toughness Requirements
The Charpy Vnotch impact test shall be used for all high strength ASTM materials for
notch toughness requirements. The test shall be conducted and acceptance criteria shall be
in accordance with API Speciﬁcation 2H.
4.2.8 Supplementary Requirements
Suplementary requirements for structural steel such as S1 through S11 shall be followed as
per API 2H.
4.3 Corrosion
Corrosion of metals is a electrochemical process of loss of material from one location. This
may get deposited in the same metal in another area. Corrosion in a wet environment attacks
the metal by removing the atoms on the metal surface. The metal atoms at the surface lose
electrons and become actively charged ions that leave the metal and enter the wet electrolyte.
The metal ions join with/to oppositely charged ions from another chemical and form a new,
stable compound.
4.3.1 Seawater Corrosion
Corrosion in a wet environment attacks the metal by removing the atoms on the metal
surface. The metal atoms at the surface lose electrons and become actively charged ions
that leave the metal and enter the wet electrolyte. The metal ions join with/to oppositely
charged ions from another chemical and form a new, stable compound.
Corrosion requires energy. During corrosion the reacting components go from a higher to
a lower energy state and release the energy needed for the reaction. In the dry corrosion
process of Figure 1 the metal and the oxygen combine to produce the oxide on the surface
because the reaction leads to a compound (the oxide) at a lower energy level.
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The oxide layer shields the metal from the oxygen and forms a barrier. The oxide will not
react with the oxygen in the air or the metal. The barrier makes it diﬃcult for oxygen in
the air to contact the metal and it eventually grows so thick that the movement of electrons
and ions across it stop. Provided the oxide layer does not crack, or is not removed, the
metal is protected from further corrosion. But if the bare metal is exposed to the oxygen,
it will again react to form the oxide. In this case the presence of oxygen beneﬁts the metals
protection. Removal of the oxygen removes the metals ability to create its own protective
corrosion barrier.
Corrosion of steel in marine environmental is basically a electrochemical reaction. This is
caused by ﬂow of electrons from one location to another location results in recombined metal
or rust deposited in the receiving location called Cathode. The location from where the
metal is being taken away is called Anode.
The essential requirement of such metal transfer to occur is closed circuit between the two
locations. This is provided by the surrounding seawater which is a best electrolyte. The
presence of chloride, accelerates the process of corrosion.
This process is schematically showing in Figure 4.1.
In the above process the electrons from the corroding anode metal move to the connected
cathode where they recombine with the atoms of oxygen and water in the electrolyte to make
a new hydroxyl ion (OH). This new negatively charged ion then reacts to make a stable
compound with the positively charged metal ions (F
2
+) that originally lost the electrons.
In this case, the electrons have a continuous pathway to escape the parent metal and the
parent metal, which cannot develop a protective barrier, disassociates or falls apart. Once
corrosion starts it continues until the ingredients are all used up.
4.3.2 Factors inﬂuencing corrosion
The factors inﬂuencing or accelerating the sea water corrosion process are listed below.
• PH value of sea water The electrolyte in wet corrosion can be neutral, acidic or
alkaline. For corrosion in near neutral solutions (pH 6 8) under oxygenated conditions
the predominant cathodic reaction is the oxygen absorption reaction (O2 + 2H2O +
4e = 4OH) shown in Figure 1. If instead the bimetallic cell has no oxygen present
in the electrolyte the hydrogen evolution reaction (H+ + e = H followed by H +
H = H2 gas) becomes the cathodic process and the anode continues to corrode. This
reaction is a much slower reaction (the H+ ion has a very low concentration in solution)
than the oxygen absorbing reaction. In acidic solutions (pH 0  6) the hydrogen ion
concentration is higher and the hydrogen evolution reaction is the predominant one.
Corrosion rates become extreme as the pH drops (acid gets stronger).
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Cathode
Cathode
Anode
Electrolyte  Sea Water
C
o
r
r
o
d
i
n
g
M
e
t
a
l

F
e
2e
−
2e
−
Presence of Oxygen
H
2
O
O
2
2H
2
O + O
2
+ 4e
−
→4OH
−
Fe
2+
+ OH
−
→Fe(OH)
2
Fe →Fe
2+
+ 2e
−
→ Rust
Figure 4.1: Schematic showing the sea water corrosion process
• Salt Content  The presence of chloride in sea water increase the chemical reaction
that takes place during the corrosion process.
• Temperature of water  The eﬀect of temperature on corrosion rate is very impor
tant. The rate of corrosion increases as the electrochemical reaction gets faster in high
temperature.
• Velocity of ﬂow  The rate of corrosion is higher in water circulating or ﬂowing
through than in the stagnant water. During corrosion, ions build up immediately
around the anode and cathode saturating their respective regions. The corrosion rate
begins to fall due to the concentration of stagnant ions blocking the creation of more
ions in the electrolyte. If the ions are removed or more voltage is provided the corrosion
rate again picks up. If you want fast corrosion then agitate the electrolyte and add
oxygen.
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• Presence of Oxygen  Presence of oxygen is main cause of corrosion process to
start. The corrosion reaction requires oxygen and where oxygen is present the metal is
cathodic and where oxygen is depleted the metal is anodic and corrodes. The parts of
the metal in contact with the highest oxygen concentration become cathodic and are
protected, and the areas where oxygen concentration is low will corrode. Steel posts
dug into the ground will rust just below the surface because of this eﬀect.
4.3.3 types of corrosion
• General / Uniform Corrosion  this is basically a global corrosion occurring uniform
over the exposed surfaces of the metal. Typical example of uniform corrosion is the
corrosion of oﬀshore structures in sea water.
• Localised Corrosion  Some of the localised corrosion eﬀects are listed with brief
description of hot it happens.
– Pitting Corrosion  This type of corrosion happen due to presence of some kind
of opening in the metal surface such as fatigue cracks. In pitting corrosion the
metal at the top of the pit has access to the oxygen in the air and becomes the
cathode. At the bottom of the pit oxygen is depleted and the metal becomes the
anode. The deeper the pit is the less the oxygen available at the bottom and the
corrosion rate increases.
– Crevice Corrosion  A crevice is created whenever two objects are brought to
gether. Unless they are perfectly ﬂat a crevice is present and oxygen cannot easily
enter the gap but is plentiful outside. Corrosion starts in the crevice because of
diﬀerential aeration.
– Stress Corrosion  Metal under tensile stresses can corrode at higher rates than
normally expected. The stressed areas have changed electrical potentials to the
neighbouring metal and are also more likely to develop microscopic surface cracks.
Both situations promote increased corrosion rates.
– Galvanic Corrosion 
Galvanic corrosion needs to be watched. Dissimilar metals of diﬀerent potentials
joined together by an electrolyte, like process water or rainwater, will cause the
more anodic metal to corrode. Running copper water pipe to a galvanised tank
will cause the tank to corrode very quickly. Joining copper to steel is nearly as
bad. In the galvanic series listed in Table 1 only join metals that are near each
other.
Some protection from galvanic corrosion can be achieved if the electrolyte is not
present. Without the availability of water molecules the corrosion reaction stops
because the electrons cannot ﬁnd a host to complete the chemical reaction. Where
dissimilar metals must be used, for example aluminum ﬁns on the copper coils of
a refrigeration chiller condenser, protect them from contact with water. If water
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must be used in contact with dissimilar metals insure it is deionised and oxygen
free.
Air
High Oxygen
Low Oxygen
Sea Water
Anode
Cathode
Rust
Steel
FE
2+
Steel
Air
High Oxygen
Low Oxygen
Sea Water
Anode
Cathode
Rust
Steel
FE
2+
Steel
Figure 4.2: Schematic showing the pitting and crevice corrosion
A metal can corrode without being in contact with another metal. In this case diﬀerent areas
of the metal take on diﬀerent electrical potentials. This can occur because of variations in
the metal metallurgical properties or because of variations in the surface oxide layer, such
as a break, thinning, inclusion like mill scale, contaminant like dirt, etc.
In pitting corrosion the metal at the top of the pit has access to the oxygen in the air and
becomes the cathode. At the bottom of the pit oxygen is depleted and the metal becomes the
anode. The deeper the pit is the less the oxygen available at the bottom and the corrosion
rate increases. Figure 2 shows the mechanism of pitting corrosion.
4.3.4 Rates of corrosion
Variation of corrosion along the depth of water depends on many parameters discussed in the
previous section. However, a general trend is that the corrosion rate decrease as the depth
increase. This is due to lack of presence of oxygen and decrease in temperature. However, the
salt content increases with the depth. Hence the rates of corrosion is a complex phenomenon
changes from location to location. The corrosion rate of 0.1mm to 0.5mm per year in the
splash zone and 0.05mm to 2mm below the splash zone has been given in the literature.
In case of jacket type structures, generally the corrosion allowance in the splash zone vary
from 6mm to 12mm and for other regions below, normally no corrosion allowance is provided
since sacriﬁcial anodes are provided to protect the steel. The longer the design life of the
structure, the corrosion allowance in the splash shall be higher. But some times, a non
corrosive splash zone protection in the form wrapping using FRP materials are also provided
inplace of corrosion allowance.
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Zone 1 : Atmospheric
Zone 2 : Splash Zone
Zone 3: Tidal
Zone 4: Continuosly
Zone 5: Subsoil
Submerged
0 0.10 0.20 0.40 0.50 0.60
Corrosion Rate mm/year
Figure 4.3: Rate of corrosion along depth
4.4 Corrosion Protection
There many ways of protecting the structures against corrosion. The possible methods are
listed below.
• Select base materials such that they have corrosion resistant property inherently.
• Providing protective coating or other means to stop the environment from attacking
the steel surface.
• Cathodic Protection by means of sacriﬁcial anodes or impressed current system.
• Providing corrosion inhibitors to stop the corrosion process
• Providing sacriﬁcial corrosion allowance in areas where protection by other method
does not work.
4.5 Cathodic Protection
Cathodic protection has applications in most of the oﬀshore structures and facilities.
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• Oﬀshore Platforms
• Jackup Rigs
• SemiSubmersible Platforms
• Jetties and Wharves
• Submarine Pipelines
• FPSOs
4.5.1 Sacriﬁcial Anode System
A schematic showing the sacriﬁcial anode system is shown in Figure 4.4. The metal surfaces
to be protected shall be connected to a sacriﬁcial anode. In this method, the protective
current that ﬂow from the sacriﬁcial anode prevents the ﬂow of corrosive current ﬂowing
from anode to cathode. This way the metal corrosion is stopped. Instead, the sacriﬁcial
anode corrodes during the process.
Anode
Sacriﬁcial
Cathode
Cathode
Anode
P
r
o
t
e
c
t
i
v
e
c
u
r
r
e
n
t
Electrolyte  Sea Water
C
o
r
r
o
d
i
n
g
M
e
t
a
l

F
e
Fe
2+
2e
−
2e
−
Presence of Oxygen
H
2
O
O
2
2H
2
O + O
2
+ 4e
−
→4OH
−
Fe
2+
+ OH
−
→Fe(OH)
2
Fe →Fe
2+
+ 2e
−
Anode
Vathode
Result
→ Rust
Figure 4.4: Schematic showing the sacriﬁcial anode system
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For a freely corroding mild steel in sea water has a potential diﬀerence of 0.50 to 0.60
Volts when compared with Silver/Silver Chloride reference electrode. This negative potential
increases further when cathodic protection is applied. This negative volts increases more than
0.80 Volts and this indicates that the cathodic protection system is in working condition.
This method is very suitable for oﬀshore ﬁxed type platforms. This method does not require
any maintenance and no external resources for operation. A typical ﬁxed oﬀshore platform
as shown in Figure 4.6 is provided with many number of anodes distributed from mudline
to LAT. It is to be noted that the cathodic protection by means of sacriﬁcial anodes does
not work in the splash zone due to intermittent exposure. Hence the anodes need not be
provided in the splash zone.
The amount of sacriﬁcial anodes required to protect the structure depends on the following
parameters and shall be carefully studied.
• Seawater Resistivity, Salinity, temperature and ﬂow velocity
• Total Surface area to be protected
• Type of Anode Material and its composition, size and shape
Among the various types of anodes used in the industry, the slender standoﬀ type anode
commonly selected due to its simplicity.
Anode Material  Aluminum Alloy Anode Core  Steel Tube
L
l
h
d
b
B
Cross Section
Figure 4.5: Typical details of slender standoﬀ sacriﬁcial anode
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LAT
HAT
Splash Zone
Anode
Seabed
Conductors
Piles
Soil
Figure 4.6: Oﬀshore platform protected with sacriﬁcial anodes
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Chapter 5
SIMULATION
5.1 General
With the advancement in computer and software technology and availability of computers,
the structural analysis of structures has been made easy and fast. There are a number of
commercial computer programs available speciﬁcally coded to carry out three dimensional
structural analysis for oﬀshore structures. Few programs are listed below.
• SACS  Structural Analysis Computer System  from Engineering Dynamics Inc. USA
• Strucad  Also from Engineering Dynamics INC. USA
• SESAM  from Det Norske Veritas, Norway
The modern day oﬀshore development project schedules does not permit designers to carry
out hand calculations due to faster requirement of design and drawings for fabrication.
Usually, the ﬁrst discipline to produce documents and drawings is structural so that the
materials can be ordered to mill for production. Hence the structural designers are under
very high pressure from fabricators to produce the structural material take oﬀ for order
placement. The use of structural analysis programs with fast computers has made possible
some of the largest structures to be designed in 6 to 8 months.
Following preparatory activities are required before analysis and design can be carried out.
• Structure Geometry selection
• Geometry Simulation
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• Foundation Simulation
• Load Simulation
5.2 Structure Geometry selection
Structure geometry shall be selected based on various requirement such as layout, water
depth, environmental condition, installation methodology and topside loads etc.
Figure 5.1: Computer Model of a Wellhead Jacket and Deck
5.3 Geometry Simulation
A geometric model of a structure contains a database of following information.
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• Joints or Nodes
• Members and Properties
• Foundation
• Loads
Each of the above information can be entered in a planned and systematic way so that the
post processing and correlating the design drawings with analysis results becomes easier and
faster.
5.3.1 Axis System
Any computer model of structure require origin and coordinate system so that the structure
information such as nodes and loads can be modeled. Normally, orthogonal coordinate
system with X, Y and Z will be used. The origin of such system shall be at the geometric
center of the platform in plan at the work point and at Mean Sea Level (M.S.L) in elevation
as shown in Figure.
X
Z
Y
Joint
Member
L
E
G
L
E
G
B
R
C
X
B
R
Figure 5.2: Computer Model of a Jacket with Axis system
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The axis origin at the center of the jacket helps in modeling and transformation of geometry
for further installation analyses.
5.3.2 Joints or Nodes
Joints or nodes are deﬁned as three dimensional coordinates of junctions of members in the
space frame. Joints are work points (W.P.) of ends of members and the member shall be
formed along the centreline of the member. Unique numbering system shall be followed so
that identiﬁcation of location of joint becomes easy. For example following joint numbering
can be used.
No Item Description Joint Numbering
1 Jacket J1 to J999
2 Deck D1 to D999
3 Flare Boom F1 to F999
4 Bridge B1 to B999
5 Living Quarters Q1 to Q999
Table 5.1: Joint Numbering scheme
Some software programs has the ability to generate automatic joint numbering based on
initial number given by the user. Each panel or plane framing can be given with unique
numbering. This numbering schemes will help a lot during post processing of results and
identiﬁcation of members or joints that require redesign.
For example, in the deck joint numbering scheme, we can split the numbering system in
to blocks and use them in a systematic way. For cellar deck, D1 to D399, and for main
deck D400 to D799 and for upper deck D800 to D999 and so on. This way, we can easily
identify which node is lying on which deck etc. This method of modeling can only come by
experience and can be improved to produce a more user friendly model. This will deﬁnitely
help during quick processing of results and compiling the information from various analyses
for a jacket such as inplace, fatigue, seismic, loadout, transportation and launching etc.
5.3.3 Members and properties
A member in structural model is a an element (usually a beam element in terms of Finite
Element Terminology) connected between two nodes or joints. This member represents the
presence of a structural member in the analysis. The member can be deﬁned by two joints
(one at each end of member) and a member group name (under which the member property
such as diameter and wall thickness can be assigned).
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Similarly, the member properties can also be given in systematic way. Same member group
shall not be given to too many segments or members.
No Item Description Member group
1 Jacket
Legs Preﬁx with either L or J
Horizontal Braces Preﬁx with H
Elevation braces Preﬁx with V
Launch Truss Preﬁx with T
Boat Landing Preﬁx with BL
2 Deck
Cellar Deck Preﬁx with C
Main Deck Preﬁx with M
Upper Deck Preﬁx with U
Crane Pedestal Preﬁx with P
3 Flare Boom Preﬁx with F
4 Bridge Preﬁx with B
5 Living Quarters Preﬁx with Q
Table 5.2: Member Group scheme
the above is list in an indication of how systematic a structural model can be made and it
is upto the designer to build it the way he wanted.
5.3.4 Oﬀsets and Eccentricities
The members connecting at one common joint can be joined to one single joint if the oﬀset
between the work points (W.P.) is less than the API RP2A allowable distance of D/4 where D
is the diameter of the chord member at the joint. This is based some studies on tubular joints
with eccentricities showed that the additional moment generated by these eccentricities have
consequences on the member and joint adequacy. The shear capacities of tubular members
are generally high and may not be serious issue is the eccentricity is within D/4.
However, this rule shall not be applied to deck truss. The column, brace and plate girder
junction shall be modelled with additional joint even if the eccentricities are less than D/4.
This is required to model the shear transfer between the brace and plate girder through the
web of the girder. If a separate joint is not modelled, the vertical component of the braces
forces will directly taken by the column and the shear capacity of the plate girder at the
joint may be checked correctly.
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Figure 5.3: Computer Model of a vertical elevation of jacket
5.3.5 Wishbone Connections
The conductors are tubes inserted through series of guides in the jacket at various levels and
driven in to the seabed for at least 30 to 40m. These tubes are later used to pass through
the drill safely without damaging the jacket members. Further, these tubes prevent the
drill pipes (normally very small diameter, typically 13 to 16 inch) from failure due to large
displacement and vortex induced vibration. These conductors are not structurally connected
to jacket members but just touching the conductor guides at diﬀerent elevations. Total
number of such conductors may vary from platform to platform, in some cases, there may as
much as 30 to 40 conductors of 30 inch diameters. Wave and current loading on conductors
need to be included in the structural analysis and hence they need to to modelled.
The conductors and the structural elements at the conductor guide level will be modelled
through a ”stiﬀ element” called wish bone with only axial stiﬀness so that it will transfer
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B
r
a
c
e
B
r
a
c
e
B
r
a
c
e
Chord
e1 e2
For e1 and e2 less than D/4
For e1 and e2 greater than D/4
Common Joint
for all the braces
Separate Joint
for each brace
e1 e2
Figure 5.4: Joint oﬀset or eccentricities in jacket tubular Joint
B
r
a
c
e
B
r
a
c
e
C
o
l
u
m
n
Plate Girder
e1 e2
Should be modelled even if e1 and e2 are less than D/4
Separate Joint
for each brace
e1 e2
Increased web thickness
Increased Flange Thickness
Figure 5.5: Joint oﬀset or eccentricities in deck truss Joint
the lateral loads from wave and current on conductors. The length of the wish bones will be
very small. This is done by creating a joint with almost same coordinate of the structural
joint.
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Conductor
Support Braces
Conductor Guide
Anulus Gap
Wish bone
Figure 5.6: Wish bone modelling of conductor / guide interface
5.3.6 Dummy Structure Models
Jacket structure has many appurtenances attached to it. The wave and current loading on
them shall be taken into account but the stiﬀness need not considered in the global analysis
of jacket. This is to simplify the load path and to understand the behaviour clearly. Further
the materials of such appurtenances may not be in line with the main structure, it is obvious
to ignore them in the global structural stiﬀness. Such structures are listed below.
• Boat Landing
• Barge Bumber
• Launch Runner
• Mudmat
• Anodes
• Conductors
• Risers
• Jtube
Similarly, the deck structure has many appurtenances as listed below.
• Walkways
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• Stairways
• Platforms
• Equipment Supports
• Monorails
But these items on the deck does not have wave or current loading but may have wind loading
on them. Since the wind loading on deck is normally considered as block area, this may not
be the case. But these appurtenances need to be modelled to simulate the vertical COG.
This is required in the sea transportation analysis and seismic analysis. Refer to relevant
section for more details.
The dummy structure can be modelled in two ways. The ﬁrst method is to model as a
structural member and give very high Young modulus so that the stiﬀness is very low. This
method will lead to large displacements and may not be correct.
The other method is to remove such members after the loads are calculated and summed
to the nearest joint. Some of the software programs have this ability to simulate dummy
structure based on this method.
5.4 Foundation Simulation
5.4.1 Pile Modelling
In an oﬀshore structure, the piles hold them on to the sea bed. This needs to be simulated
in the structural analysis involving their inplace strength and stability. There are type of
pile system that can be used in the oﬀshore structures.
• Main Pile
• Skirt Pile
As it can be seen from the ﬁgure that the skirt pile is always grouted with the skirt sleeve
of the jacket. But in the case of main pile, the annulus between the pile and the jacket leg
may be grouted or not grouted depending on the design water depth. Like other structural
elements of the jacket structure, pile is also a structural member and shall be modelled
according to the diameter, wall thickness and material properties. It is the load transfer
mechanism between the jacket leg and pile that requires special care in simulation of actual
load transfer.
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Jacket Brace
Jacket Leg
Pile
WishBone
Structure Node
Pile Node
Pile to Deck Connection
Pile To Jacket Connection
Pile Head Node
Figure 5.7: Pile Simulation for an Oﬀshore jacket
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For the case of grouted skirt piles and main piles, the model becomes much easier by simply
specifying the cross section as a ”Composite Section” containing jacket leg, pile and the
annulus ﬁlled with cement grout. The equivalent axial area, shear area and bending stiﬀness
can be calculated using the equivalent section concept and used in the analysis.
But for the case of main pile, this cannot be done. The pile and jacket are two parallel
members physically connected at the top of jacket by means welded connections and else
where no welding but spacers are placed inside the jacket leg to provide contact points for
load transfer. These spacers are specially located at the horizontal framing such that the
lateral loads from the wave and current can be easily transferred to the piles.
5.4.2 Soil Simulation
Piles below seabed shall be modelled in the structural analysis to reﬂect the vertical and
lateral behaviour of pile soil system. This is very essential to simulate the jacket and deck
deﬂections and pile stresses. This can be done in three ways.
• Equivalent Pile Stub 
• PY, TZ and QZ Curves 
• Linearised Pile Stiﬀness Matrix 
5.4.3 Pile Group Eﬀect
The skirt piles for very large jackets normally arranged in cluster at each corner to resist the
forces from gravity and environmental loads.
These pile clusters can be arranged in various ways but due to construction limitations
usually they will arranged in closed manner as shown in the Figures 5.10 and ??. The
distance between the jacket leg and the farthest pile shall be kept to a minimum possible for
fabrication to avoid unnecessary bending on jacket legs as well on the pile sleeves.
It is a good practice to space the centre to centre of adjacent piles at a distance of 3D
where D is the diameter of the pile. This will prove a clear distance between the pile face of
2D.Even with this separation, the eﬀect of load on one pile will aﬀect the behaviour of the
adjacent pile. The issues to be looked into are two categories as listed below.
• Eﬀect Axial Capacity
• Eﬀect on PY, TZ and QZ behaviour
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Jacket Legs
Brace
Skirt Sleeve
Main Pile
Soil Lateral
Resistance
Figure 5.8: Pile Simulation for an Oﬀshore jacket
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Figure 5.9: Pile Group arrangements for 4 legged platform
Figure 5.10: Pile Group arrangements for 8 legged platform
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5.5 Load Simulation
5.5.1 Dead Loads
The dead loads of primary structural members such as deck beams, braces, jacket legs and
braces, piles etc shall be calculated by the program automatically based their dimensions
and unit weight of material supplied. Hence in the simulation of geometry, the structural
members shall be modelled as close as possible to the actual arrangement including member
oﬀsets. Otherwise, the weight of the member may not be calculated accurately. Especially
for jacket, if the oﬀsets at the joints are not modelled, then the buoyancy will be either over
estimated or under estimated depending on the member weight to buoyancy ratio. Typical
K joint of a jacket is shown in Figure.
5.5.2 Equipment Loads
Generally, the equipment weight are manually entered based on VENDOR supplied infor
mation. The weight of the equipment shall be distributed to the deck beams or plating
depending the load transfer method adopted for the design of the equipment skid. Equip
ment skids may have been designed for four corner support or continuous supports. Provision
of continuous supports shall be carefully examined as it may be very diﬃcult to achieve.
Hence these equipment loads shall be distributed to the deck beams at appropriate locations
based on equipment Center of Gravity (COG) as point loads.
Only very small equipment may be placed directly on the deck plating. This can be applied
as patch loads on the deck plating.
5.5.3 Fluid Loads
The ﬂuid loads are based on equipment operating weight. This can also be obtained from
the equipment manufacturer. The contents of the equipment can be calculated as below.
W
fluid
= W
Oper
− W
dry
(5.1)
where W
oper
and W
dry
are the weight of equipment in operating and dry conditions. Similarly,
the contents of the piping during operation can be estimated based on length of pipes,
diameters etc. This can only be estimated very approximately and large contingency shall
be applied on this item.
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These loads shall be applied as member load on the deck beams. The distribution of these
loads shall be as per the estimated overall piping COG at each deck levels.
5.5.4 Drilling Loads
Drilling equipment include rig, drill strings, mud tanks, etc. These equipment are also similar
to the other equipment described above except that the drilling rig is not an ﬁxed equipment.
Usually, the drilling rig is designed to be used for drilling more than one well. Each platform
may have a matrix array of wells either 3x3 or 4x4 depending on the ﬁeld development plan.
Hence these drilling rings will be mounted on skid beams (part of deck with raised T sections
as rails) so that the drilling rig can be moved longitudinally. Across the other direction, the
drill dig will have a skid arrangement to move. This arrangement will produce diﬀerent
reaction on to the deck structure at each drilling location.
Normally, these shall be applied as point loads on the skid beams. There may be several load
cases to cover all the well positions. The complication is due to application of wind loads on
these drilling rig structure. Each time the drilling rig changes position, the wind load also
shall be applied to the corresponding load point. This will lead to several combinations in
the global inplace analysis.
5.5.5 Live Loads
The live loads shall be applied on open areas not occupied by equipment or facilities. This
can be applied as member loads,
5.5.6 Wind, Wave and Current
Wind
Wind loads are normally calculated manually and applied to deck edge usually on nodes at
the periphery. Diagonal or nonorthogonal wind load cases can be generated from loads from
orthogonal cases. For example, the loads in +X, +Y, X and Y will be applied manually.
The load case for 45 degree can be generated suitably using loads in +X and +Y. The load
combination factors are discussed in the earlier Chapter ”Loads”.
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Wave and Current
The wave and current shall be simulated using software contained modules. Manual cal
culation and application of these loads will lead large errors and approximations since the
number of members are very high. However, following points shall be noted in selecting
various parameter for calculation.
• Wave and Current Directions  Normally for a 4 or eight legged jacket, at least
8 directions shall be considered. For tripod structures, at least 12 directions shall
be considered. Diagonal directions shall be selected to maximize the pile loads. For
example, if the platform geometry in plan is a square, 45 degree angle will produce
maximum pile load. But if the geometry is a rectangle, then the angle shall be the
diagonal angle joining the diagonal pile groups as shown in Figure 5.11
• Selection of suitable Wave Theory
• Hydrodynamic Coeﬃcients
– C
D
and C
M
– Current Blockage Factor
– Conductor Shielding
– Kinematics Factor
– Apparent Wave Period
• Simulation of Nonstructural items
– Boat Landing
– Barge bumper
– Walkways
– Anodes
– launch Runner
– Skirt Sleeve Connections
– Risers and Jtubes
– Mudmat
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X
Y
L
L
Single Pile or Group
0
o
180
o
90
o
270
o
225
o
315
o
45
o
135
o
X
Y
B
L
θ
2
θ
1
Single Pile or Group
0
o
180
o
90
o
270
o
180 + θ
1
180 + θ
1
+ θ
2
360 −θ
1
+ θ
2
360 −θ
1
θ
1
θ
1
+ θ
2
180 −θ
1
−θ
2
180 −θ
1
θ
1
= tan
B
L
θ
2
= 180 −2θ
1
Figure 5.11: Wave attack angles for platform with square and rectangular base
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Chapter 6
Inplace Analyses
6.1 Principle
Inplace analysis can be carried out in two ways.
• Pseudo Static Analysis
• Wave Response Analysis
The pseudo static inplace analysis can be carried out as below.
• Geometry Simulation  Simulate the geometry of the jacket as per the drawings and
Basis of Design (B.O.D)
• Load Simulation  Simulate the gravity and environmental loads as per weight control
report and metaocean report.
• Modal Analysis  Evaluate the dynamic characteristics of the deck/jacket system
and determine the dynamic ampliﬁcation factor (DAF).
• Foundation Simulation  Simulate the foundation pile and soil as per the geo
technical report
• Pile/Soil Interaction  Carry out static analysis with pile/soil interaction
• Post processing of results.  Post process the results to obtain member forces, joint
deﬂections, pile loads, etc.
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The wave response inplace analysis can be carried out as per the steps below.
• Geometry Simulation  Simulate the geometry of the jacket as per the drawings and
Basis of Design (B.O.D)
• Load Simulation  Simulate the gravity loads as per the weight control report and
generate results of the analysis.
• Foundation Simulation  Simulate the foundation pile and soil as per the geo
technical report
• Modal Analysis  Establish the dynamic characteristics of the deck/jacket system
and generate modal masses, modal frequencies and mode shapes
• Wave Response Analysis Carry out time series wave response analysis together
with the pile/soil interaction.
• Combine Gravity and Wave Response  Combine the results of the gravity static
analysis due to gravity loads and wave response analysis with appropriate load combi
nation factors.
• Post processing of results.  Post process the results to obtain member forces, joint
deﬂections, pile loads, etc.
The analysis will be performed on a 3D spaceframe computer model representing the jacket.
All primary structural members, caissons and appurtenances will be modelled.
6.2 Geometry Simulation
A 3dimensional rigid spaced frame structural computer model with all members contributing
to its stiﬀness will be generated. This consist of:
• Legs  Jacket legs normally consists of normal sections and can section. Member
between two adjacent horizontal frames shall be deﬁned using member segments rather
than additional joints. Care shall be taken to provide correct length of the CAN at
the joints.
• Braces  Brace members shall be modelled with oﬀsets from the jacket legs. Any
eccentricities more than D/4 shall be modelled by adding additional joints.
• Appurtenances  These include conductors, risers, walkways, mudmat, anodes, etc.
These needs to accounted for both theair weight and wave load purposes.
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6.2.1 Simpliﬁed Topside Model
The primary frame members within the deck shall be included in the substructure models in
order to correctly represent the stiﬀness of the deck and the load transfer from the topsides
to the jacket. The other structures, living quarters, drilling rig, drilling support module
and vent boom will be explicitly modelled. The loads on these modules and structures will
be applied accurately within the structure itself to reﬂect the actual COG of the loaded
structure. Stiﬀ members to appropriate locations within the integrated deck model will
connect the individual structural units for the representation of load transfer and stiﬀness
simulation.
6.2.2 Load Simulation
Dead Load
Program SACS using element areas and densities computes the dead weight of all jacket
and topside structural elements. The weight of nonmodelled components, such as leg di
aphragms, pile sleeve guides and appurtenance steel will be input as additional member
or joint loads, at appropriate points of application on the structure. The nonstructural
appurtenance dead weights will be applied as point loads at their points of attachment to
the jacket. Where it is impractical to input these as individual point load, to reﬂect the
best current estimate of the structure dead weight, the member densities will be factored
up to include the weight of those items. These include miscellaneous pipes, joint and ring
stiﬀeners, conductor casing program, etc. Upper and lower values of jacket weight will be
evaluated for use in the load combinations. The lower value of jacket weight will be the base
weight. This will be used to check for maximum tension uplift force in the piles. A factor of
1.00 shall be used. The upper value of the jacket weight will include all design allowances.
Wave and Current Loading
Drag and inertia forces on individual members will be calculated using Morison’s Equation.
Shielding or interaction eﬀects within the structure will be considered.
The water particle velocities and accelerations for the design waves will be computed using
Stream Function Theory in accordance with API RP 2A. For any given position along the
wave proﬁle, the speciﬁed current velocity proﬁle will be from seabed to the free water
surface. Current and wave directions will always be assumed parallel and of the same sense;
resultant particle velocities being the vector sum of these components.
For the initial stage of the analysis, the structure will be modelled using a combination of
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tubular structural and wave force elements. Structural elements are those elements that
attract wave forces and contribute to the stiﬀness of the structure. Wave force elements
attract wave force but are considered to possess zero stiﬀness. Wave and current forces will
be computed using Morison’s equation.
Pile sleeve bottle sections will be modelled as tubular members with eﬀective section prop
erties equal to the pile pitch circle diameter plus sleeve diameter. Pile stickup of 9.0 m will
be allowed on all skirt sleeves. Elements with attachments will have wave loading calculated
based on the nominal member section with modiﬁed Cm and Cd values.
Similarly, where two or more members are combined into one for the purposes of the wave
load analysis, the hydrodynamic coeﬃcients will be modiﬁed to give the correct total drag
and inertia response.
Drag and inertia coeﬃcients for nontubular and/or complex geometry will be calculated
using an equivalent diameter. The equivalent diameter will be based on the circumscribing
circle.
In the calculation of all eﬀective drag and inertia coeﬃcients, the increase in diameter due to
marine growth of both the true structural members and the equivalent wave force members
will be taken into account where appropriate.
6.2.3 Topsides Load COG Shift Envelope
The topsides operating weight and COG, including all allowances and factors will be taken
from the latest topside model available at the time of the analysis and used in the jacket
inplace analysis. This, by implication implies, that the values used in the detailed design
analyses may well diﬀer later on when topside detail engineering becomes more advanced and
information more accurate. The load contingency percentages are included to take care of
possible weight growth. The load to be used in the Detailed Design analysis will be applied
as described below.
An envelope within which the topsides centre of gravity is shifted will be included in the
inplace analysis. A load case shifting the COG to each of the four extreme corners of the
envelope as well as in between the extreme corners will be included in order to maximise leg
loads/frame loads. A COG shift of 1.0 m between north and south, 1.5 m east to west will
be envisaged (rectangle box).
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6.2.4 Minimum and Maximum Water Depth
Inplace analysis shall be carried out for minimum and maximum water depth cases. The
minimum design water depth shall be the water depth to LAT and the maximum water
depth shall include storm tide (100 year) and any surge shall also be included.
6.2.5 Maximum Wave Loads
• Maximum Base Shear
• Maximum Overturning Moment
6.2.6 Allowable Stresses
Allowable stresses for members and joints shall be taken as per API RP 2A. Onethird
increase in allowable stresses is allowed for storm load cases.
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Chapter 7
Dynamic Analysis
7.1 Principle
Basically, the dynamic analysis is carried out to determine the natural periods, mode shapes
etc for further use in the seismic analysis, spectral fatigue analysis. Further, the natural
period will be used for the calulation of Dynamic Ampliﬁcation Factor (DAF) for both
inplace storm analysis and fatigue analysis.
7.2 Geometry Simulation
The stiﬀness model for the jacket will be developed from the inplace model with the speciﬁc
modiﬁcations detailed below:
The model incorporates plan framing and vertical trusses, providing overall stiﬀness simula
tion.
Additional joints required for mass modelling are provided at the centre of gravity positions
of the drilling, drilling support midule, LQ and other deck equipment for mass modelling.
These joints will be connected by triangulated (pyramid form) stiﬀ links to the deck model.
Stiﬀ links will be created by applying large section properties to the link members, however
densities should be set to zero to ensure that there are no eﬀects due to mass of these
members.
The jacket model used in the natural frequency analysis is similar to the one used in the in
place analyses. Modiﬁcations will comprise alteration to the Foundation Model as described
below, preparation of a complete mass model and any alterations to appurtenance simulation
necessary to minimise the number of potential spurious local vibration modes.
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Stiﬀness matrices developed for extreme storm condition, corresponding to the 100year wave
height will be used to generate the linearized foundation stiﬀness.
7.3 Load Simulation
The mass model comprises the structural mass, water added mass, contained mass and
marine growth. Added mass is the mass of water assumed to move in unison with the
structural member as it deﬂects. For tubular, a value of mass numerically equal to the
mass of water displaced by the submerged member is used including marine growth where
applicable. Contained mass is the water contained or enclosed by the submerged members.
In this analysis the water depth is taken at mean sea level to be the fatigue design water
depth (maximum still water depth). All members below this depth will therefore have an
added mass value. The four corner legs will be ﬂooded to top of leg, while all other members
will be considered nonﬂooded.
Pile sleeves, their added masses and contained grout mass will be computed manually and
lumped proportionately at the nodes of the members deﬁning the elements.
7.3.1 Computer Generated Mass
The SACS Program will internally compute the structural mass, water added mass, ﬂooded
mass and mass of marine growth for all active members (only) of the structural model.
Members will be temporarily designated active or inactive depending on whether computer
mass generation or direct input mass is required.
For steel mass calculation, active members of the jacket will consist of elements in the corner
legs, plan levels and frames. Additional jacket mass due to the nodes will be generated by
SACS based on variable sectional properties input for each member so that the total ”stick
mass” and node mass add up to the overall steel mass of the jacket. SACS will also calculate
the water added mass of each active structural member and the mass of marine growth on
it. Each mass will be calculated for a structural member and assigned equally to the joints
bounding the member.
7.3.2 Direct Input Mass
The masses that are not generated by program will be calculated by hand and allocated
to their appropriate centre of gravity positions at each level. Masses will be based on the
weight reports for jackets and topsides and will include the following:
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• Deck Structure
• Caissons and Supports
• Anodes
• M&E piping
• Walkways
• Pile sleeves, pile and grout
• Entrained water and marine growth masses not generated by the program.
7.4 Foundation Simulation
The dynamic analysis cannot be performed together with the iterative nature of soilpile
interaction.
The nonlinear soilpile system of the jacket foundation is replaced by linear foundation
model obtained through Pile Soil Interaction (PSI) analysis of the SACS Program. The
foundation model will comprise a 6 x 6 stiﬀness matrix, representing each pile to provide a
linear elastic approximation to the soil stiﬀness.
7.5 Solution
The soultion to the following equation will give the eigen values and eigen vectors.
[M]X + [K]X = 0 (7.1)
An eigen value analysis will be performed for the jacket model using computer program.
The program uses the standard HouseholderGuyans extraction technique in solving for the
eigen values and eigen vectors of the reduced sets of equations for the model.
The consistent mass approach is adopted to generate the mass matrix. The program ﬁrst
assembles the overall stiﬀness and mass matrices corresponding to all degrees of freedom
of the model. Subsequently, both the stiﬀness and mass matrices are reduced to have only
master or retained degrees of freedom using Guyan reduction procedure.
Matrix decomposition and solution yields eigen values and eigen vectors from which the
natural periods are extracted and the mode shapes of the structure plotted. At least twenty
ﬁve modes will be considered in this analysis.
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7.5.1 Dynamic Ampliﬁcation factor
From the structural periods derived, the ratio of structural period to wave period will be
computed for the relevant waves.
The dynamic ampliﬁcation factors (DAF’S) will then be derived using the relationship for a
single degreeoffreedom system, i.e.
DAF =
1
¸
_
_
1 −
T
2
n
T
2
_
2
+
_
2ζT
2
n
T
2
_
2
_
(7.2)
where
T = Wave Period
T
n
= Natural period of structure (ﬁrst mode)
ζ = Damping factor (5% for steel structures in water)
These DAF’s will be used in the fatigue analyses and inplace analyses if necessary, when
the natural period exceeds three seconds.
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Chapter 8
Fatigue Analysis
8.1 General
Fatigue analysis can be carried out using the following two methods.
• Deterministic Method  In the deterministic method, the seastate energy is is sim
ulated using discrete frequencies and wave heights with corresponding number of oc
currences. Structural responses and hot spot stresses are generated for each of these
discrete waves. The summation of fatigue damages due to these discrete wave load
cases are then summed up to obtain the total damage during the life of the structure.
• Spectral Method Spectral method uses the seastate energy spectra us used to gen
erate the transfer function for the structural response. This transfer function is then
used to generate the hot spot stresses in the joints.
8.2 Deterministic Fatigue Analysis
Deterministic Fatigue analysis of jacket involves the following steps.
• Establish a wave scatter diagram for the ﬁeld location including ranges of wave height,
wave period and occurrences
• Simulation of jacket structure stiﬀness and deck stiﬀness accurately and make the
model simple enough to understand the behaviour.
• Simulate deck and jacket mass accurately including vertical COG to determine the
dynamic characteristics of the platform
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• Establish Dynamic ampliﬁcation factors (DAF) either using discrete approximate method
or using wave response analysis
• Select appropriate wave theory and generate wave loading on all the members
• Compute stress range using appropriate method
• Determine Stress Concentration factors for all the joints using suitable empirical equa
tions
• Establish Hot Spot stresses for the tubular joints
• Select suitable SN curve for the joint conﬁguration
• Determine Fatigue damage due to all the wave load cases and sum up to obtain the
total fatigue damage
8.3 Wave Scatter Data
The wave scatter data contains the sea state information such as wave height, wave period
and their distribution over a certain period of time. This information may be available for a
1 year period based on measurements at the site or may be based on numerical simulation
validated with bench mark measurements. These data will give a indication of each set of
waves with (deﬁnitive height and period) will occur how many times in a given period of
time. Further, this will also deﬁne the direction of approach to the platform. Normally, at
least 8 direction sectors (45 degrees each) shall be used for fatigue analysis.
A typical wave scatter data for the middle east (Persian Gulf)is given in Table 8.1.
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T
a
b
l
e
8
.
1
:
W
a
v
e
S
c
a
t
t
e
r
D
a
t
a
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It should be noted that sometime such information may be only available with signiﬁcant
wave height and zero crossing periods. This shall be converted into individual maximum
wave heights and peak period using appropriate factors as shown below the table.
8.4 Spectral Fatigue Analysis
8.4.1 Principle
The spectral fatigue analysis will consider the dynamic response of the structure to a range of
wave heights covering a frequency range that includes all seastates contributing signiﬁcantly
in terms of fatigue damage. The response transfer functions and the seastate spectra will be
used to generate stress spectra according to the well known power spectral density approach.
Assuming that the joint stress histories conform to a Rayleigh distribution, the fatigue
damage will be calculated using Miner’s Rule.
8.4.2 Wave Spectra
Methods of fatigue analysis recognise the probabilistic nature of sea states. The random
sea surface can be represented in a deterministic domain by superimposing a ﬁnite number
of sinusoidal components of amplitude and phase. An energy spectral density function is
constructed from the mean square of the amplitude components for each narrow band of
frequency, f, and plotted against the appropriate wave frequency.
The twoparameter ISSC modiﬁed PiersonMoskowitz wave spectrum will be used to repre
sent sea surface elevation and is given by:
S
h
(f) =
H
2
s
T
z
4π(fT
z
)
5
exp
_
−1
π
(fT
z
)
−4
_
(8.1)
where
S
h
(f) = Single sided spectral density of wave amplitude (m
2
unit frequency)
H
s
= Signiﬁcant wave height (m)
Tz = Zero upcrossing period (sec)
f = Wave frequency (H
z
)
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8.4.3 Wave Theory Selection
Water particle velocities and accelerations will be calculated using stream function.
In determining the water depth to use in the deterministic fatigue analysis, care will be
taken to recognise that higher water particle velocities, and hence higher local member wave
loads, result from shallower water depths. To this end, the Mean Sea Level (MSL) will be
used which reﬂects the longterm average of water depth. Current will be excluded from the
analysis.
8.4.4 Wave Steepness
In a fatigue analysis, the forces are assumed to be proportional to wave height. If this
assumption were always true, the selection of wave height (wave steepness) would be imma
terial to the analysis. However, nonlinear eﬀects are present in wave force calculation due
to drag inﬂuences.
Wave steepness is deﬁned by the ratio of wave height to wavelength. The wavelength is
obtained from the appropriate wave theory. For small amplitude deepwater waves, the
wavelength in metres is given by:
wavesteepness =
H
d
L
where L = 1.56T
2
(8.2)
where T is the wave period and H
d
is the design wave height.
From experience a wave steepness of 1:16 will be used for generation of wave forces.
8.4.5 Transfer Functions
In order to perform a fatigue analysis, the wave height spectra must be transformed into
a series of memberend hotspot stressamplitude response spectra at each of 8 equally
spaced circumferential points around each end of each member for each sea state. This
transformation is accomplished by multiplying the appropriate frequency ordinate of the
spectrum for the sea state under consideration, by the square of the corresponding ordinate
of the hot spot transfer function. The transfer function ordinates are deﬁned as the ratio of
hot spot stress amplitude at a particular memberend circumferential point divided by the
wave amplitude that generates the stress amplitude at that point as a function of frequency.
Consequently, units of the transfer function will be, for example, MP a/m of wave amplitude.
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8.4.6 Selection of Frequencies
The inaccuracy introduced when a transfer function is used to convert a wave spectrum is
dependent on the number of frequencies for which transfer function ordinates are available.
If an inﬁnite number of ordinates were available, the response spectrum would be ”exact”.
This, however, is obviously not practical. All that is really required is a suﬃcient number of
ordinates to describe adequately the variation of transfer function over the frequency range
of interest. For this to be done, the frequencies at which transfer function peaks and troughs
can be expected must ﬁrst be anticipated. Ordinates are then computed at these points and
at other intermediate points. A minimum of 8 ordinates will be considered.
To generate a transfer function ordinate for a particular fatigue wave direction, selective
waves of various heights but constant steepness are used to load the structure. These waves
need not necessarily be the waves from the fatigue environment, but waves chosen based on
the following criteria:
Dynamics Criterion : The waves with frequencies corresponding to ﬁrst three modal
frequencies will be considered.
Leg Spacing Criterion: Certain frequencies are chosen such that the corresponding wave
lengths are approximately integral (n) or half integral (n/2) multiples of the distance between
legs. This criterion is used to locate the crests and troughs in the transfer function.
Minimum and Maximum Wave Height Criterion: Waves with a minimum height of
0.25 m and a maximum wave height obtained among the fatigue wave climate will also be
considered for generating transfer function.
8.4.7 Stress Amplitudes
As the wave proﬁle should be a pure sinusoid for the response to be interpreted as a transfer
function, the Stream Function theory does result in wave proﬁles that are pure sinusoids.
The stress is calculated at various wave positions and the diﬀerence between the maximum
and minimum stress called the stress range is determined for each wave. Dividing these stress
ranges by onehalf of the corresponding wave height produces stress ranges for waves of unit
amplitude (for sinusoidal waves, wave height equals twice the wave amplitude). The rela
tionship between the stress ranges of unit amplitude and the corresponding wave frequency
for all waves considered is the transfer function.
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8.4.8 Fatigue Life Calculation
Calculation of Stress Ranges
If for the direction being considered, the wave height spectral density S
h
(f) of a particular
seastate is known and the transfer function H
i
(f) for the point can be calculated, then
the statistical cyclic stress range (RMS cyclic stress range) at that point for this particular
seastate is given as:
σ
RMS
i =
¸
_
∞
0
H
2
i
(f)S
h
(f)df (8.3)
Cumulative Damage calculation
For every RMS stress, there exist an average time, TZ, between zero crossings with a positive
slope for a stationary Gaussian process with zero mean. This period called the zero crossing
period is given by:
T
z
=
σ
RMS
i
_
_
∞
0
f
2
H
2
(f)S
h
(f)df
(8.4)
For a narrow band process, this is the average period or the reciprocal of the average fre
quency of the process. The expected number of cycles associated with this seastate during
the design life of the structure is:
n(s) =
mL
T
z
(8.5)
where, L is the design life of the structure and m is the fraction of the design life that this
seastate prevails.
For a given stress range s, the number of cycles to failure, N(s), can be found from the SN
curve used. Then, the expected damage from the given seastate is given as:
D =
n(s)
σ
2
RMS
i
_
∞
0
s
N(s)
exp
_
s
2
σ
2
RMS
i
_
ds (8.6)
The total expected damage for all seastates during the life of the structure is the sum of
the damage for each individual seastate. The expected fatigue life is equal to the design life
divided by the expected damage.
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8.4.9 SN Curves
For a particular stress range s, there exists a theoretical number of cycles N(s) at which
fatigue failure may occur. The relationship between this number of allowable cycles and the
stress range is usually expressed as an SN curve. The API RP 2AWSD curve X applicable
for normal welding and curve X
applicable for proﬁle control welding.
8.4.10 Stress Concentration Factors
In most tubular joints, local stresses on both the stub and chord side of the stubtochord
weld will be considerably higher than the nominal stub and chord stresses resulting from a
global frame analysis of the structure. The magnitudes of these stress concentrations are
dependent upon the weld proﬁle and the joint geometry. Weld proﬁle stress concentrations
result from notches in the weld and are diﬃcult to quantify explicitly using fullscale test
results or ﬁnite element techniques. Consequently, they are incorporated into the empirically
derived SN curves.
Tubular Joints
Several researchers for various unstiﬀened joint geometry have developed geometric stress
concentrations, but those developed by Efthymiou is preferred.
Hot spot stresses on the chord and brace sides of the chordtobrace weld are determined by
multiplying the nominal stub stress by chord and stub stress concentration factors (SCFs)
respectively. The manner in which each SCF is computed is dependent on the details of the
geometry of the joint under consideration. The following joint conﬁgurations exist.
Unstiﬀened Nonoverlapping Joints
SCFs will be derived from the formulae of Efthymiou for all joints. These formulae include
parameter ranges within which they are said to be valid. In many cases there is no alternative
but to use the formulae outside these ranges, but in these cases the joint will be the subject
of special consideration. Normally, SCFs will be computed for the actual parameter values,
and again using values on the limit of exceeded ranges. The maximum of those two values
will be used.
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Figure 8.1: SN Curve [API RP2A 2000]
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Unstiﬀened Overlapping Joints
SCFs will be derived from the Efthymiou’s formulae. However, overlapping joints shall be
avoided wherever possible.
iv) Internally Stiﬀened Joints
The SCF’s for internally stiﬀened joints will be calculated based on the Lloyd’s Register
formulae.
Cone Transitions
The geometrical SCF’s for conical transitions will be determined as below:
SCFgeom = (fa + fb + fb1)/( fa + fb)
where:
fa = Axial stress fb = Bending stress fb1 = Secondary bending stress as deﬁned in API
RP2A Section 2.5.
Fabrications Misalignments / Thickness Transitions
The Fabrication Speciﬁcation will require that all plate misalignments in excess of 10% of
the minimum thickness of the plates being joined must be proﬁled to a slope of 1:4 and
that smaller misalignments will be joined with a tapering weld. Thickness transitions will
be eﬀected with a 1:4 taper on the thicker plate.
Minimum Stress Concentration Factors
In general, for tubular node joints, the minimum axial and bending SCF for all stubs and
all chords is taken as 2.0. SCFs less than 2.0 may be used only for fully backedup leg nodes
when justiﬁed by ﬁnite element or acrylic model test results. Similarly, the minimum SCF
for stiﬀened joints is taken as 2.5 unless otherwise justiﬁed.
8.4.11 Foundation Linearisation
The fatigue analysis involves series of structural analysis for each direction and each wave
set. It will be very time consuming if every analysis has to be carried out with pile/soil
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interaction. Further, the modal analysis cannot be carried out with pile/soil interaction.
Hence the nonlinear foundation shall be linearised and a stiﬀness matrix that corresponds to
six degrees of freedom at the pile head shall be used for the analyses. But to generate this
spring stiﬀness, a representative wave height and direction shall be selected that represents
the fatigue seastate.
The foundation spring stiﬀness will be derived using loads corresponding to an equivalent
wave height, H
e
. From the wave scatter diagram, it is possible to derive a fatigue damage
scatter diagram on the basis of the following:
D
i
= H
bm
si
P
i
T
zi
(8.7)
where
D
i
= Damage of the i
th
seastate
m = Slope of the SN curve
b = Slope of loglinear wave height versus stress(Assumed = 1.80)
H
si
= Signiﬁcant wave height of the ith seastate
T
zi
= Zero upcrossing period of the ith seastate
P
i
= Probability of occurrence of the ith seastate
The above assumes a loglinear wave height versus stress relationship.
After constructing the fatigue damage scatter diagram using the above formula, its centroid
will be determined using the following equations to identify the seastate causing the most
damage:
¯
H
s
=
D
i
H
si
D
i
(8.8)
¯
T
z
=
D
i
T
si
D
i
(8.9)
The deterministic design wave (H
d
, T
d
) which represents the seastate at the centre of the
damage scatter diagram is usually taken to be:
H
d
= 1.86
¯
H
s
(8.10)
T
d
= 1.27
¯
T
z
(8.11)
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Chapter 9
Ship Impact Analysis
9.1 Impact Vessels
In am oﬀshore development, often service boats and supply vessels have to serve the oﬀshore
operation. During their trips, due to harsh weather conditions, it may some time drift and
hit the the jacket legs or braces. These vessels during their normal approach to the platform
may arrive in with normal operating speed or may arrive at accidental speed depending on
the weather conditions at the time of arrival. API RP2A speciﬁes a operating a speed of 0.5
m/sec and accidental speed of 2 m/sec.
The jacket legs and braces in the splash zone shall be designed of such loads to avoid
premature failure and collapse of the platform. Where such impacts are not allowed, a
properly designed boat impact guard (sacriﬁcial) shall be provided. For example, the risers
located outside the jacket perimeter shall be protected with riser guard or riser protector
and this kind of riser guard shall be located suﬃciently away (at least a 1m) so that during
vessel impact, risers does not experience large deﬂection.
The purpose of the boat impact analysis is:
• Normal Impact  To ensure the adequacy of the jacket leg and brace members in the
splash zone such that they can absorb the energy imparted by a design vessel traveling
at normal operating velocity.
• Accidental Impact To ensure the adequacy of the jacket leg and brace members in
splash zone such that they can absorb the energy imparted vessel traveling at accidental
velocity.
• Post Impact Strength  To ensure the compliance of the damaged platform for
operating (1year wave) design requirements after the boat impact.
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9.2 Principle
The general methodology for ship impact analysis involves the following three primary steps:
• Impact LocalImpact analysis to estimate the damage to the members which are
directly hit by the ship and the impact force.
• Impact Global Analysis  Static analysis to ensure that the jacket will be able to
withstand the impact force safely. In this analysis the member and joint stresses are
allowed up to yield limit as this force is temporary.
• Post Impact Analysis Static analysis to verify if the damaged platform can sustain
the 1 year operating environmental loads.
9.3 Method of Computing Impact Energy Dissipation
As the boat hits any member, equal and opposite forces are applied to the member and to
the boat. These forces cause the following eﬀects:
• Local denting of the member under the point of impact, which causes a local re
duction in the eﬀective crosssectional area and section modulus of the member. The
relationship between dent depth and lateral forces causing the dent is given by the
DNV curve (Furnes and Amdahl) for knifeedge contact.
• Bending of the member, initially elastic and subsequently, elastoplastic until a
plastic mechanism form.
• Denting of the boat  The force/indentation curves contained in DnV TN A202
document is used for this purpose.
• Global deformation  Elastic deformation of the rest of the structure.
9.4 Energy dissipation by member
The total energy dissipation is computed in four stages as described below by iterating on
the dent depth.
• Stage 1 : Elastic Beam Bending  Stage 1 of the energy absorption process covers
the period from the moment of impact until the section starts yielding due to the axial
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load and moments at the dented section. The impact is conservatively assumed to
occur at midspan of the member. For a given dent depth, X, the lateral force, Pd ,
causing the dent depth is calculated in accordance with the DNV curve for B/D = 0,
where, B is the central length of the dent and D is the mean diameter of the member.
The equation given below approximates the DNV curve for B/D = 0:
P
d
= 15m
p
(D/t)(X/R) (9.1)
where
m
p
= is the plastic moment capacity of tube wall equal toFyt24
D = is the mean diameter of the tubular member
R = is the mean radius of the tubular member
t = is the thickness of the tubular member
X = is the dent depth
The energy absorbed, E
d
, by a dent of given depth, X, is found by integration of the
force over the dent and is given as,
E
d
= 14.14m
p
X
3/2
t
(9.2)
The lateral force, P
d
, causes a change in the bending moment distribution of the
member. The moments at the ends and at the middle depend on the original moments
and the rotational stiﬀness of the ends of the member. The energy absorbed by the
bending deformation is given by,
Eb = 0.5P
d
δ (9.3)
Where, δ is the lateral displacement of the member centre line. The other energy ab
sorbing components are energy due to the longitudinal strain, global structural transi
tional energy and ship distortion energy. Stage 1 of the energy absorption mechanism
ends when the sum of the axial and bending stresses at the centre of the tube is equal
to the plate yields stress. This point is found by iterating on the dent depth.
• Stage 2 : ElastoPlastic Beam Bending 
The behaviour of the member in Stage 2 is similar to that in Stage 1. Stage 2 ends
at the formation of full plasticity at the dented section. By iterating on the depth of
dent until the formation of ﬁrst plastic hinge, the end of Stage 2 is found. The energy
associated with the formation of the ﬁrst plastic hinge is calculated in the same way
as in Stage 1.
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• Stage 3 : After Formation of First Hinge
This phase of energy absorption process continues until a 3hinge mechanism is formed.
For a given dent depth, the lateral force is found. The deﬂection at the centre of the
beam is calculated assuming that the dent force is carried by the two cantilevers. If
the energy absorbed at the end of Stage 3 is less than the impact energy of the ship,
then the absorption mechanism enters Stage 4.
• Stage 4 : After Formation of ThreeHinge Mechanism 
At this stage, it is assumed that no further dent growth occurs and the dent has
absorbed all the energy it is capable of. The energy absorption at this stage is due to
the triangulation eﬀect of longitudinal strain, structure distortion and ship deformation
energy. Rupture of the brace being impacted and consequently penetration of the
boat within the jacket shall be prevented by limited the tension strain to 10%. The
displacement of the braces on gridline 1 shall be limited to prevent damage of the
conductees.
All the computations involved in the above four stages of energy absorption process are
incorporated in the IMPACT program. Starting from Stage 1, the energy computations
are continued over the four stages till the full ship impact energy is absorbed.
9.5 Energy Dissipation by Overall jacket deﬂection
Energy absorbtion by global deﬂection of the structure shall be included in the calculation
of total energy of absorbtion.
9.6 Structural Strength During Impact
The strength of jacket immediately after impact is a static inplace analysis without any
environmental loads. But the impact load at the point of impact shall be considered and
the global strength of the jacket including piles shall be evaluated.
9.7 Push Over Analysis
Post impact analysis can be classiﬁed in to following three categories.
• Post Impact Strength Analysis
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• Post Impact Redundancy Analysis
Post impact strength analysis is carried out to check the structure against 1 year environ
mental loads with all gravity loads. This is to ensure the structure is able to function as
normal for some period of time so that any repair needs to be carried out due to the im
pact. However, at this stage, the structure need not be designed for 100 year storm loads.
Obviously, the structure is checked for stresses against allowable stresses as per API RP 2A.
Push Over analysis is carried out to check the global integrity in terms of collapse behaviour.
The analysis will be performed using the full nonlinear structural model described in Section
3.8. The ﬁnite element program ABAQUS 4.9 (Ref 3.02) will be used to carry out the
analyses. ABAQUS uses full NewtonRaphson iteration to determine the nonlinear response
of the platform. Geometric nonlinearity will be included and the loaddisplacement curves
will be obtained using the automatic increment options, based on the modiﬁed Riks method
(see Ref 3.02).
The analyses will be conducted by ﬁrst applying the dead loads and the buoyancy loads,
and then incrementally increasing a concentrated force at the point of impact until either
instability in the model is achieved or the resisting strain energy of the structure greatly
exceeds the speciﬁed impact energy.
Energies associated with the two nonlinear springs (representing the energy absorptions
due to local deformation of the vessel and jacket), the elements used to model the impacted
member, and the remainder of the structure will be computed at each incremental step of
the analysis which will eﬀectively produce a history of the energy distribution as a function
of the impact force.
The energy response from the structure will be used in an energy balance relationship to
proportion the levels of energy dissipated by the substructure and the vessel. The impact
load will be determined at which the sum of the strain energies of the structure and vessel
equals the kinetic energy of the supply ship. Rebound (unloading) analysis will be carried
out as this impact load is removed; this will give the ﬁnal displaced shape of the structure
which could be used as the initial point for the postimpact pushover analysis, if required.
The ultimate axial and bending moment capacity of the jacket tubular joints will be checked
to see that they have suﬃcient capacity to carry the maximum brace loads from the abnormal
environmental condition and the accidental ship impact conditions.
The lower bound ultimate capacity formula for axial load, inplace and outofplane bending
moment in API RP2A (Ref 3.12) will be adopted for the joint strength checks. The ultimate
capacity formulas are the same as the API RP2A nominal load formula except that the factor
of safety of 1.7 is removed.
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Contents
1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 1.2 1.3 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Types of Oﬀshore Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fixed Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3.1 1.3.2 1.4 Steel template Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Concrete Gravity Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9 9 10 11 11 11 15 15 16 16 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 20
Compliant Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.4.1 1.4.2 1.4.3 1.4.4 Compliant Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guyed Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tension Leg Platforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Articulated Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1.5
Floating Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5.1 1.5.2 Floating Production System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Floating Production, Storage and oﬄoading System . . . . . . . . . .
1.6 1.7
Subsea System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fixed Platform Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.7.1 1.7.2 Functional Classiﬁcation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geometrical Classiﬁcation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
. 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wave and Current Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 3. . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Wind Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drilling Loads . . . .1 2. . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Design Stages . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 General . . Marine Growth . . . Gravity Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2. . .4 Dead Loads . .3 3. . . . . . . . 21 23 23 24 24 24 25 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 31 31 31 31 34 35 36 37 37 2 DESIGN METHODOLOGY 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WaveCurrent Interaction . . . . Types of Loads . . . . . . . . .3 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 3. . . . .3. 3. .4. . . Live Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 3. . . . . . .3. .2. . . . . .2 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detailed Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . Environmental Loads . . . . . . . . .3 3 LOADS 3. . . . . . . Basic Design . .1 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FEED .3 Contents Foundation Concepts . . . Facility Dead Loads . . . . .7. . . . . .2 3. .3 3. . . . . . . Morison Equation . 4 . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 3. .4 3. . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents 1. . . . Current Proﬁle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1 2. . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fluid Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .2. Structural Steel . . . . . Mechanical Requirements . . . . types of corrosion . . . . . .11 Ice Loads . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . .2 General .3 4. . . . . . . . . . .2 4. . .2.2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 3. .8 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 MATERIALS AND CORROSION 4. . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Structural Member Classiﬁcation . . . . . Supplementary Requirements .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3. . Load Combinations .10 Buoyancy Loads . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . .1 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4.5 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notch Toughness Requirements . 4. . .9 Contents Selection of Wave Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Seawater Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3. . Rates of corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 39 44 45 47 48 49 51 53 53 54 54 54 56 56 56 57 57 57 57 57 58 60 61 3. . . . . . . . . Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . .3 4. . . . . . . . . . .4. . Steel Grades . . . . . . Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. Wave Load on a Member . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . .4. . . .6 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 4. . .8 4.Contents 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . 3. . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chemical Requirements Carbon Equivalent (CE) . . . . . Maximum Global Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4. . . . . . . . Factors inﬂuencing corrosion .7 4. . . . . . .6 Load Estimation and Distribution . . . . . .12 Mud Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . 5 SIMULATION 5. . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Soil Simulation . . Wishbone Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . .1 Sacriﬁcial Anode System . . . . Drilling Loads . . . . . .6 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . .5 Contents 62 62 63 67 67 68 68 69 69 70 71 71 72 75 75 77 77 80 80 80 80 81 81 81 Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . Equipment Loads . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 4. . . . . . . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents 4. .5. . . . . . . . . . . . Oﬀsets and Eccentricities .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Pile Modelling . . . . . . . .4 Axis System . . . . . Fluid Loads . . . . . . Wind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . Members and properties . .5. . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 5.3. . . . . . . Foundation Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 5. .5.3. . . . . . . . . . . . 5. . . . Live Loads . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5.3 5. . . . . Cathodic Protection . . . . . . . . . . Geometry Simulation . . . . . . .5. . . . . . .3.4 5. . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joints or Nodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structure Geometry selection . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dummy Structure Models . Wave and Current . . Pile Group Eﬀect . . . . .5. . .3 General . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Dead Loads . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . .5 Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 5. . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . .2 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 7. Foundation Simulation . . . . . . . . .3 Principle . Solution . .3 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Topsides Load COG Shift Envelope . . . . . . . .5. . . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deterministic Fatigue Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 8. . . . Spectral Fatigue Analysis . . . . . . . .1 Dynamic Ampliﬁcation factor . . . . . . .2. . . . . . .2. . . . . . . .4 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Fatigue Analysis 8. . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents 6 Inplace Analyses 6.5 Computer Generated Mass . . Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allowable Stresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 7.3. . . . . . . . . . . . . Wave Scatter Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maximum Wave Loads . . . . . . . . . . . . Load Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geometry Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Dynamic Analysis 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 6. . . . . . . . . . . . .2 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minimum and Maximum Water Depth . . .1 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geometry Simulation . . . . . . . . . . . .1 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Simpliﬁed Topside Model . . . . . . . . . . 7. . .4 General . . . . . .2. . . . . . .4 6. . . . . . . . . . .3 8. . . . . .2 Contents 85 85 86 87 87 88 88 89 89 91 91 91 92 92 92 93 93 94 95 95 95 96 98 Principle . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . 7. . . Direct Input Mass . . .
.5 8. . . . . 98 98 99 99 99 Selection of Frequencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 SN Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Energy dissipation by member .4 8. .4. . . 108 Method of Computing Impact Energy Dissipation . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . Wave Theory Selection . . . . . . . . .6 8. .Contents 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 8.4. . .11 Foundation Linearisation . . . . . . . . . . .9 Contents Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Fatigue Life Calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Energy Dissipation by Overall jacket deﬂection . . . . . . . . Wave Steepness . . . . . . . . 100 Stress Amplitudes . . . . . . . .3 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 9. . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . .8 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . 102 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 107 Impact Vessels . 107 Principle . . . . . 110 Push Over Analysis . . . . . . . 102 8.10 Stress Concentration Factors . .1 8. . . . . .2 9.4. . . . . . . .7 8. . . . . .4. . . . . .5 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 9.4. . . . . Transfer Functions . . . . . Wave Spectra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Structural Strength During Impact . . . .3 8. . . . . . . . . . . 104 9 Ship Impact Analysis 9. . . . . .4. . . . .
need for ﬁnd new discoveries was eminent. As the need for oil expands in an explosive rate. Chapter 1 gives introduction in to types of oﬀshore platforms based on water depth requirements. and various design stages in a oﬀshore development project. The oil exploration has started as early as 1900 and the oil exploration initially was concentrated on on land. Chapter 3 gives basic loads applied on oﬀshore structures and techniques of calculations of such loading. Chapter 4 gives introduction to material requirement for oﬀshore structures including corrosion. The need for qualiﬁed oﬀshore structural personnel are rapidly increasing as the oil industry moves into deeper water in the search for additional supplies of oil and gas. Chapter 2 gives some introduction to design methodology. oil discovery started in near shore and medium range of water depth. This book gives brief introduction to oﬀshore engineering with basic concepts of various types of oﬀshore structures and provide insight into various design issues and requirements. fabrication and installation techniques. During the middle of 20th century.1 General One of the greatest discovery of 20th century was oil and it has so many applications that it cannot be separated from mankind. geometry and installation concepts. 9 . new technology is emerging at a rapid peace for the development of new concepts for oﬀshore platforms.Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION 1.
Types of Oﬀshore Structures Chapter 1.2 Types of Oﬀshore Structures The oﬀshore structures built in the ocean to explore oil and gas are located in depths from very shallow water to the deep ocean. INTRODUCTION Chapter 5 gives introduction to materials used for oﬀshore structures. 1. load combinations and and various principles involved in the design. Compliant tower • Compliant Tower • Guyed Tower • Articulated Tower • Tension Leg Platform 3.1. and corrosion and cathodic protection. Fixed Platforms • Steel template Structures • Concrete Gravity Structures 2. selection of SN curves. Chapter 6 describes inplace analysis methodology.2. Based on geometry and behaviour. the oﬀshore structures for oil and gas development has been divided into following categories. Depending on the water depth and environmental conditions. Chapter 7 describes methodology to carry out the dynamic analysis of an oﬀshore platform and its application to fatigue and seismic analyses. Storage and Oﬄoading System 10 . the structural arrangement and need for new ideas required. Floating Structures • Floating Production System • Floating Production. Chapter 9 give some introduction in to ship impact with oﬀshore platforms and method to carry out push over analysis. 1. SCF equations etc. Chapter 8 gives method of fatigue analysis such as deterministic and spectral methods including.
2 Concrete Gravity Platforms Concrete gravity platforms are mostly used in the areas where feasibility of pile installation is remote. These structures are basically concrete shells assembled in circular array with stem columns projecting to above water to support the deck and facilities. 1. These template type structures will be ﬁxed to seabed by means of tubular piles either driven through legs of the jacket (main piles) or through skirt sleeves attached to the bottom of the jacket.1. The principle behind the ﬁxed platform design is to minimize the natural period of the structure below 4 seconds to avoid resonant behaviour with the waves (period in the order of 4 to 25 seconds.3.1 Steel template Structures The steel template type structure consists of a tall vertical section made of tubular steel members supported by piles driven into the sea be with a deck placed on top. The structural and foundation conﬁguration shall be selected to achieve this concept. providing space for crew quarters. Some part of north sea oil ﬁelds and Australian coast. These platforms are very common in areas with strong seabed geological conditions either with rock outcrop or sandy formation. Fixed Platforms Chapter 1.3. Concrete gravity platforms have been constructed in water depths as much as 350m. these kind of platforms are located. and production facilities.3 Fixed Platforms The ﬁxed type of platform shall exhibit a low natural period and deﬂection again environmental loads. 11 . a drilling rig.3. INTRODUCTION 1. The ﬁxed platform is economically feasible for installation in water depths up to 500m. 1. The concrete gravity platform by its name derive its horizontal stability against environmental forces by means of its weight.
Fixed Platforms Chapter 1.1: Diﬀerent types of Oﬀshore Structures 12 .1.3. INTRODUCTION Figure 1.
1. INTRODUCTION Figure 1.2: Fixed Template type platform 13 . Fixed Platforms Chapter 1.3.
Fixed Platforms Chapter 1.3.1.3: Concrete Gravity Platform 14 . INTRODUCTION Figure 1.
1.4. All of these systems are proven technology. Compliant Structures Chapter 1. Spars. 15 . With wells being drilled in water depths of 3000m. the compliant tower withstands large lateral forces by sustaining signiﬁcant lateral deﬂections. and in use in oﬀshore production worldwide. Unlike the ﬁxed platform.1 Compliant Tower Compliant Tower (CT) consists of a narrow. Compliant Towers. Storage and Oﬄoading Systems are now being used in water depths exceeding 500m.4: Complaint Tower Platform 1.4. 1. Floating Production Systems.4 Compliant Structures In addition to the developing technologies for exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Tension Leg Platforms. Subsea Systems. INTRODUCTION Figure 1. the traditional ﬁxed oﬀshore platform is being replaced by stateoftheart deepwater production facilities. ﬂexible tower and a piled foundation that can support a conventional deck for drilling and production operations. new concepts in deepwater systems and facilities have emerged to make ultradeepwater projects a reality. and Floating Production. and is usually used in water depths between 300m and 600m.
instead of on the seaﬂoor. ten16 . This makes for a cheaper well completion and gives better control over the production from the oil or gas reservoir. This further changes the dynamic characteristics of the system.5: Tension Leg Platforms 1.4. A group of tethers is called a tension leg.1.2 Guyed Tower Guyed tower is an extension of complaint tower with guy wires tied to the seabed by means of anchors or piles. The platform is permanently moored by means of tethers or tendons grouped at each of the structure’s corners.4.4.3 Tension Leg Platforms A Tensionleg platform is a vertically moored ﬂoating structure normally used for the oﬀshore production of oil or gas. 1. A feature of the design of the tethers is that they have relatively high axial stiﬀness (low elasticity). INTRODUCTION Figure 1. Tension Leg Platform (TLP) consists of a ﬂoating structure held in place by vertical. such that virtually all vertical motion of the platform is eliminated. Compliant Structures Chapter 1. This allows the platform to have the production wellheads on deck (connected directly to the subsea wells by rigid risers). This guy ropes minimises the lateral displacement of the platform topsides. and is particularly suited for water depths around 1000m to 1200 metres (about 4000 ft).
1. MiniTension Leg Platform (MiniTLP) is a ﬂoating minitension leg platform of relatively low cost developed for production of smaller deepwater reserves which would be uneconomic to produce using more conventional deepwater production systems. although existing technology can extend its use to water depths as great as 2500m. SPAR’s are presently used in water depths up to 1000m. INTRODUCTION Figure 1. The larger TLP’s have been successfully deployed in water depths approaching 1250m. SPAR Platform (SPAR) consists of a large diameter single vertical cylinder supporting a deck. Tensioned tendons provide for the use of a TLP in a broad water depth range with limited vertical motion.4. three types of risers (production. and export). Compliant Structures Chapter 1. and a hull which is moored using a taut catenary system of six to twenty lines anchored into the seaﬂoor. satellite. The world’s ﬁrst MiniTLP was installed in the Gulf of Mexico in 1998. drilling. It has a typical ﬁxed platform topside (surface deck with drilling and production equipment). 17 . or early production platform for larger deepwater discoveries. It can also be used as a utility.6: SeaStar sioned tendons connected to the sea ﬂoor by pilesecured templates.
The main part of the conﬁguration is the universal joint which connects the shell with the foundation system. INTRODUCTION 1.4 Articulated Tower Articulated tower is an extension of tension leg platform.4. The tension cables are replaced by one single buoyant shell with suﬃcient buoyancy and required restoring moment against lateral loads.1. Compliant Structures Chapter 1.4. The articulated tower concept is well suited for intermediate water depths ranging from 150m to 500m.7: Articulated Tower Platforms 18 . Figure 1. The foundation system usually consists of gravity based concrete block or some times with driven piles.
However. 1. It is anchored in place with wire rope and chain.7 Fixed Platform Concepts For the last few decades. or TLP to multiple wells producing through a manifold and pipeline system to a distant production facility. These systems are presently used in water depths greater than 1500m. An FPSO is designed to process and stow production from nearby subsea wells and to periodically oﬄoad the stored oil to a smaller shuttle tanker. The shuttle tanker then transports the oil to an onshore facility for further processing.5. Currently. Production from subsea wells is transported to the surface deck through production risers designed to accommodate platform motion. or can be dynamically positioned using rotating thrusters.1. Floating Structures Chapter 1. The FPS can be used in a range of water depths from 600m to 2500m feet. there are no FPSO’s approved for use in the Gulf of Mexico. the ﬁxed platform concept has been utilized extensively over 300m depth with various conﬁgurations. 19 . FPS.2 Floating Production.1 Floating Structures Floating Production System Floating Production System (FPS) consists of a semisubmersible unit which is equipped with drilling and production equipment.5.5 1. Storage and oﬄoading System Floating Production. INTRODUCTION 1.5. there are over 70 of these systems being used elsewhere in the world. Storage and Oﬄoading System (FPSO) consists of a large tanker type vessel moored to the seaﬂoor. 1. An FPSO may be suited for marginally economic ﬁelds located in remote deepwater areas where a pipeline infrastructure does not exist.6 Subsea System Subsea System (SS) ranges from single subsea wells producing to a nearby platform. 1.
• Process Platform . Occasionally it also supports helicopter landing structure for emergency evacuation. the living quarters will be supported on a separate structure away from the wellhead and process platforms.7.1 Functional Classiﬁcation The oﬀshore platforms for oil and gas exploration purpose can be classiﬁed based on functionality and purpose of installation. Fixed Platform Concepts Chapter 1.1.Some times due to safety requirements.7.This is another kind of structure specially built to support all the incoming and outgoing risers on a planned complex.8: Floating Production storage and oﬄoading system (FPSO) 1. It supports very few equipment such as wellhead control panel and piping. • Wellhead platform .primary meant for production facilities (oil or gas) and it may support in addition to equipment for production.primarily meant for drilling and supporting wellhead equipment. INTRODUCTION Figure 1. 20 . This types of platform will be located atleas 50m away from the neighboring process platforms and will be connected by a bridge. • Riser Platform . • Living Quarters Platform . This will also be connected to the main platform by bridge. such as power generation. utilities and living quarters.
Based on geometry.1.7. wave and current loads etc.mainly for process complex 21 . Fixed Platform Concepts Chapter 1. 1.7. INTRODUCTION Figure 1.2 Geometrical Classiﬁcation The structural conﬁguration of ﬁxed template type structures vary extensively from location to location depending on the requirement and environmental conditions such as water depth. This is to avoid excessive heat on wellhead and process equipment on the neighboring platforms. • Tripod .9: Platform Complex • Flare Support Platform. Usually this will located away by a distance to be calculated based on the heat output during ﬂaring.basically to support minimum facility such as few wellhead and riser or to support a bridge between two major platforms or to support a ﬂare boom • 4 Legged.typically for wellhead platforms • 6 or 8 Legged .The ﬂare boom structure to ﬂare the excess gas from well reservoirs may be supported on a separate structure either a tripod or four legged jacket for safety reasons. jackets can be classiﬁed in to following categories.
1.7. Fixed Platform Concepts
Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION
1.7.3
Foundation Concepts
The oﬀshore platforms shall be ﬁxed to the seabed by means of piles either driven through the main legs of the jacket or through skirt sleeves attached to the jacket legs or the combinations of both main and skirt piles. This kind of arrangement is shown in the following pictures.
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Chapter 2 DESIGN METHODOLOGY
2.1 General
The design of oﬀshore structure is not an single step design process. The structural conﬁguration, arrangement, member sizes and its speciﬁcation requirements can be arrived after few design cycles. In order to achieve a optimum design suitable for the installation method proposed and satisfy the ﬁnal operating requirements, a design procedure suitable for the project shall be developed. In an oﬀshore project, the design of structural elements cannot be initiated unless the basic understanding of the needs are identiﬁed. The basic needs are • What is the type of platform ? Oil or Gas, Process or Wellhead or Quarters etc • What is ﬂoor area of topsides required ? • Expected maximum weight of facilities ? • What is basic water depth and environmental parameters such as wave and current ? • Where is it located ?. Earthquake prone ?. • What is type of installation ? Lift installed or Launch installed ? • Any CAPEX constraints ? The answer to the above questions will give some indication of type of jacket and topsides required. 23
2.2. Design Stages
Chapter 2. DESIGN METHODOLOGY
2.2
Design Stages
The various design stages in an oﬀshore project is listed below. • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) or Concept Selection • Basic Design • Detailed Design
2.2.1
FEED
The ﬁrst step in initiating an oﬀshore project is a FEED or concept selection. This stage of project will involve following steps in all disciplines such as Process, Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation in addition to Structural Engineering. • Collection Process Data and identifying process needs and equipment • Preliminary equipment sizing and area requirements • Weight estimation based on past projects • Identiﬁcation of Structural conﬁgurations • Preliminary estimation of structural weight • Identiﬁcation of installation methods • Estimation of CAPEX within ±40%. The above activities will deﬁne the project to a basic understanding and will provide enough insight into carrying out further engineering activities.
2.2.2
Basic Design
At this stage of the project, the data collected during the FEED stage will be further veriﬁed to make sure the authenticity and reliability of such data for further use. A detailed weight estimates of all items involved in the project will be carried out. The process and mechanical requirements will be further deﬁned and identiﬁed. A Design Basis (DB) will be developed for the proposed facility containing following information. 24
Basic weight estimates for various disciplines such as structural. In case such methods are not possible. utility module. wind and tidal information at the site. number deck levels. lighting and switch gears etc • Instrumentation requirement such as basic control system. These modules are self contained units with structure. etc will be deﬁned. This kind decision can only be taken together with the viable installation options such ”Availability of Heavy Lift vessels in the region” or use of ﬂoatover technique. loadoutmethod. process module module. the deck area required. safety requirements and kind of process technology to be adopted. These modules are then installed on top of the ”module Support Frame”. lifting crane.2. At the basic design stage. design method to be adopted. which transfers the loads to the jacket. • Structural requirement such as materials proposed or available for use in the country. piping. Normally the spacing between deck legs for a typical platform can vary from 10m to 20m beyond which it may become uneconomical to design a braced deck truss structure. • Installation information such as type of barge. feedback requirement etc. then the total topsides shall be divided in to various functional modules such as compression module. This will lead to identiﬁcation of number of legs required to support the deck. • Piping information such as pressures. • Mechanical requirement such as type of facility and basic equipment required for the process. instrumentation and piping will be carried out. etc. DESIGN METHODOLOGY • Process information containing type of well ﬂuid (oil or gas) and its characteristics. 25 . if the modules are organised properly over the legs. quarters module. mechanical. it may then be decided to fabricate the deck in one piece or in various modules. piling hammer etc. equipment etc fabricated and transported to the site. codes and speciﬁcations to be used etc. pipe sizes required etc. Based on the weight of total deck. electrical. wave. • MetaOcean information such as water depth. This kind of basic ideas shall be made at the basic design stage.2. Design Stages Chapter 2. current. Some times this module support frame may not needed. and material handling and safety • Electrical requirement such power generation equipment.
DESIGN METHODOLOGY Figure 2.Integrated Deck (Single Lift) Figure 2.2.2.1: Deck Installation Concepts .2: Deck Installation Concepts . Design Stages Chapter 2.Integrated Deck (Float Over) 26 .
4: Deck Installation Concepts .Modular Deck (Modules) 27 . DESIGN METHODOLOGY Drill Rig Living Quarters Utility Module Wellhead Module Process Module Module Support Frame Figure 2. Design Stages Chapter 2.Modular Deck (MSF) Oﬀshore Splice Living Quarters Compression Module Process Module Utility Module Figure 2.2.2.3: Deck Installation Concepts .
In the Detailed design or engineering of an oﬀshore platform following items of the jacket and deck will be developed in detail. Design Stages Chapter 2. DESIGN METHODOLOGY 2. 28 .2.2.1: Detailed Design Items All necessary analysis required to complete the design above items shall be carried out.3 Detailed Design Detailed design of oﬀshore platform will be initiated once the basic design conﬁrms the economic viability and technical feasibility. Deck Framing Plans Framing Elevations Joint Details Plate Girder Details Connection Details Welding Details Deck plating & grating Stairways and Walkways Lifting Padeyes Transportation tiedown Monorails Details Equipment Support Details Flare Boom Bridge Crane Pedestal Jacket Framing Plans Framing Elevations Joint Details Pile makeup Launch Truss Details Welding Details Launch Cradle details Walkways Lifting Padeyes Transportation Tiedown Caissons and supports Conductor guides Barge Bumbers Boat Landing Closure Plate details Riser Clamps Table 2.2.
DESIGN METHODOLOGY Deck Inplace Loadout Sea Transportation Lifting or Floatover Miscellaneous Calculations Jacket Inplace Loadout Sea Transportation Lifting or Launch Upending Dynamic Fatigue (Deterministic or Spectral) On bottom Stability Pile Driveability Cathodic Protection Ship Impact Table 2.2: Detailed Design Analysis 29 .2. Design Stages Chapter 2.2.
2. DESIGN METHODOLOGY 30 . Design Stages Chapter 2.2.
Chapter 3 LOADS 3. Seismic loads are arising from gravity loads and is a derived type. Environmental loads play a major role governing the design of oﬀshore structures.2 General Types of Loads Loads on oﬀshore structures are gravity loads and environmental loads. • Gravity Loads – Structural Dead Loads – Facility Dead Loads – Fluid Loads – Live Loads – Drilling Loads • EnvironmentalLoads – Wind Loads – Wave Loads – Current Loads 31 . Before starting the design of any structure. Gravity loads are arising from dead weight of structure and facilities either permanent or temporary. Various environmental loads acting on the oﬀshore platform is listed below. prediction of environmental loads accurately is important.1 3.
LOADS 3.2 Facility Dead Loads The structure built either for drilling or wellhead type platform or for process type platform supports various equipment and facilities. It includes all primary steel structural members.1 Gravity Loads Dead Loads Dead loads includes the all the ﬁxed items in the platform deck. bridge and ﬂare structures. Gravity Loads – Buoyancy Loads – Ice Loads – Mud Loads • Seismic Loads Chapter 3. padeyes.3 3.3. These are ﬁxed type items and not structural components. stiﬀeners. they do not have any stiﬀness to oﬀer in the global integrity of the structure and shall not be modelled. The weight of such items shall be calculated and applied at the appropriate locations according the plan of the structure.3. These items include • Mechanical equipment • Electrical equipment • Piping connecting each equipment • Electrical Cable trays • Instrumentation items 32 .3.3. jacket. But the weight of secondary structural steel items shall be calculated applied to the structural model at appropriate locations. 3. secondary structural items such as boat landing. small access platforms etc. The primary structural steel members will be calculated based on the structural information in the model automatically when a computer program is used to analyse the structure. handrails. deck plating.
etc. Gravity Loads Chapter 3.3.3. access platforms. these loads also shall be considered in the analysis. during drilling. the areas designed for laydown during boat transfer of materials from boat shall also be considered as live loads. These are large equipment assembled together and placed on top. Sl.3.3.5 Drilling Loads Drilling loads are due to drill rigs placed on top of the platform for drilling purposes. These will deliver reaction forces on the deck and the stiﬀness of the drilling rigs are not considered in the structural analysis. The weight of these items shall be calculated accurately and applied to the correct locations. galley areas in the living quarters. additional loads will be developed due to drill string and pulling operations.1: Live Loads 3. Other live load include open areas such as walkways. Normally. helicopter loads in the helipad. These loads shall be applied in accordance with the requirement from the operator of the platform. LOADS 3. This load vary in nature from owner to owner but a general guideline on the magnitude of the loads is given below. Further. 3. drilling rigs are as heavy as 500 Tonnes to 1000 Tonnes.3 Fluid Loads The ﬂuid loads are weight of ﬂuid on the platform during operation. Further.4 Live Loads Live loads are deﬁned as movable loads and will be temporary in nature. This may include all the ﬂuid in the equipment and piping. 33 .3. Live loads will only be applied on areas designated for the purpose of storage either temporary or long term. Hence the weight of the structure shall be applied as load on the structure. No 1 2 3 4 Location Storage / laydown Walkway Access Platform Galley Load (kN/m2 ) 10 5 5 10 Table 3.
LOADS 3. But for the calculation of global wind load (for jacket and deck global analysis) shape coeﬃcient can be 1.1) where y is the elevation of point in consideration in m above LAT and V is the velocity at that point.4. This wind speed shall be extrapolated to the height above for the calculation of wind speed. The wind pressure can be calculated as fw = ρg 2 V 2 (3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3.2) where F is the wind pressure per unit area.6V 2 kN/m2 (3. The total force on the platform can be calculated as Fx = fw Ax Cs Fy = fw Ay Cs 34 (3.3) The total wind load on the platform can be calculated using the wind blockage area and the pressure calculated as above.1 Environmental Loads Wind Loads The wind speed at 10m above LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) is normally provided (Vo ). The shape coeﬃcient (Cs ) shall be selected as per AP RP2A guidelines.01255 kN/m3 ) is the density of air. the above equation can be simpliﬁed by substituting the values and can be expressed as fw = 0.81 m/sec2 ) and V is the wind speed in m/sec. y 10 1 8 V = Vo (3.3. ρ (0.4 3.4. Wind loads shall be calculated as per API RP2A guidelines.5) .4) (3. g is the gravitational acceleration (9.0. The extrapolation shall be calculated as below. Sustained wind speeds(10min mean) shall be used to compute global platform wind loads and gust wind (3 second) shall be used to compute the wind loads to design individual members.
4.9) (3.6) In practical design.3. Wind load on oblique directions can be calculated using following relationship.8) (3. LOADS Fx Ay X θ A1 Ay Fθ A2 Fy The exposed areas (Ax and Ay ) shall be calculated as length x height or width x height depending on the axis system followed. Fθ = Fx cos(θ) + Fy sin(θ) (3. The factors can be calculated as The projected areas can be calculated as A1 = Ax cos(θ) and A2 = Ay sin(θ) Fθ = fw (A1 + A2 )) Fθ = fw (Ax cos(θ) + Ay sin(θ)) Fθx = fw (Ax cos(θ) + Ay sin(θ)) cos(θ) Fθy = fw (Ax cos(θ) + Ay sin(θ)) sin(θ) 35 (3. Environmental Loads Y Chapter 3. it is often only Fx and FY will be calculated and applied in the structural analysis as basic loads and the wind load eﬀect due to nonorthogonal directions are simulated using factors in terms of Fx and Fy in the load combinations.7) (3.10) .
3.4. Environmental Loads
Chapter 3. LOADS
where Fθx and Fθy are the components of Fθ in x and y directions respectively. Ratio between Fθx and Fx can be expressed as Fθx fw (Ax cos(θ) + Ay sin(θ)) cos(θ) = Fx fw Ax Fθx = cos2 (θ) + (Ay /Ax )sin(θ)cos(θ) Fx Similarly, ratio between Fθy and Fy can be expressed as Fθy fw (Ax cos(θ) + Ay sin(θ)) sin(θ) = Fy fw Ay Fθy = sin2 (θ) + (Ax /Ay )sin(θ)cos(θ) Fy
(3.11)
(3.12)
(3.13)
(3.14)
3.4.2
Wave and Current Loads
Methodology In applying design waves load onto the oﬀshore structures, there are two ways of applying it.
• Design Wave method • Spectral Method
In design wave method, a discrete set of design waves (maximum) and associated periods will be selected to generate loads on the structure. These loads will be used to compute the response of the structure. In the spectral method, a energy spectrum of the seastate for the location will be taken and a transfer function for the response will be generated. These transfer function will be used to compute the stresses in the structural members. 36
3.4. Environmental Loads Design Wave method
Chapter 3. LOADS
The forces exerted by waves are most dominant in governing the jacket structures design especially the foundation piles. The wave loads exerted on the jacket is applied laterally on all members and it generates overturning moment on the structure. Period of wind generated waves in the open sea can be in the order of 2 to 20 seconds. Theses waves are called gravity waves and contain most part of wave energy.
Maximum wave shall be used for the design of oﬀshore structures. The relationship between the signiﬁcant wave height(Hs ) and the maximum wave height (Hmax ) is Hmax = 1.86Hs The above equation correspond to a computation based on 1000 waves in a record. The design wave height for various regions is tabulated below. Region Bay of Bengal Gulf of Mexico South China Sea Arabian Sea Gulf of Thailand Persian Gulf North Sea 1 year 8 12 11 8 6 5 14 100 year 18 24 24 18 12 12 22 (3.15)
Table 3.2: Maximum design waves in various regions API RP2A requires both 1 year and 100 year recurrence wave shall be used for the design of jacket and piles. Appropriate combination of loads with these waves shall be used in the design. A onethird increase in permissible stress is allowed for 100 year storm conditions.
Spectral Method Instead of simulating the design wave environment by discrete maximum wave, a design seastate described by energy spectrum of for the given site will be used in the load simulation. A directional spectrum can also be used to simulate the changes design wave seastate. 37
3.4. Environmental Loads
Surface
Chapter 3. LOADS
Y
X
Seabed Tidal Current
Wind Driven Current
Figure 3.1: Current Proﬁles Various seastate energy spectra are available for use, some of which are listed below. • PM Spectra • Jonswap Spectra • ISSC Spectra
3.4.3
Current Proﬁle
Oceans currents induce drag loading on oﬀshore structures. These currents together with the action of waves generate dynamic loads. Ocean currents are classiﬁed into few types based on their nature viz, tidal current, wind driven current and current generated due to ocean circulation. Wind driven currents are small in nature and it varies linearly with depth where as tidal currents vary nonlinearly with depth. Similarly, the currents generated due to ocean circulation will vary nonlinear with depth and can be as much as 5 m /sec. The current variation with depth is shown in Figures and can be expressed as below. y h
1 7
VT = VoT
(3.16)
where VT is the tidal current at any height from sea bed, VoT is the tidal current at the surface, y is the distance measure in m from seabed nd h is the water depth. y h 38
VW = VoW
(3.17)
The actual elevation of the bottom and top of these vary from location to location due to diﬀerent tidal conditions. reference shall be made relevant API RP2A clauses for more details. D is the diameter of the member including marine growth. In structural analysis.4 Marine Growth Marine growth is an important part in increasing the loads on oﬀshore structures. Morison equation can be written as : FT = πD2 1 CD ρw D V V  + C M ρw a 2 4 (3. 39 .18) where FT is the total force. the thickness may be negligible.4. VoW is the wind driven current at the surface. The growth of marine algae increases the diameter and roughness of members which in turn cause the wave or current loading to increase. The thickness of marine growth in the splash zone can be as much as 20cm and will reduce below to 5cm. 3. Splash Zone is a region where the water levels ﬂuctuate between low to high. CD and CM are the drag and inertia coeﬃcients respectively.4. V is the velocity and a is the acceleration. In deeper zones. Detailed discussion on the member roughness and its relationship with hydrodynamic coeﬃcients can be found in API RP2A.5 Morison Equation Wave and current loading can be calculated by Morison equation. the increased diameter of the member (D = d + tm ) shall be included so that the wave and current loads can be calculated correctly. In general terms. 3.3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. LOADS where VW is the wind driven current at any height from sea bed. D and d are the diameter of increased member and original member respectively and tm is the thickness of marine growth. The roughness of the marine growth is an important parameter in determining the drag and inertia coeﬃcients. y is the distance measure in m from seabed nd h is the water depth. ρw is the density of water. The thickness of marine growth generally decrease with depth from the mean sea level and it is maximum in the splash zone.4. the splash zone will vary from 3m to +5m.
Following simultaneous equations shall be solved to obtain the apparent wave period. But the former takes most priority in the calculations of wave loads. then the wave period becomes longer and it is called apparent wave period (Tapp ). 3.3.20) Tapp = (3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. current exist in the same direction of the wave propagation and hence the current shall be taken into consideration in the load calculation.4.21) VI = 4π/L sinh kh Uc (z) cosh 2k(z + h)dz −h (3.6 WaveCurrent Interaction The wave current interaction is an important phenomenon since the waves propagate on the current. i.3. This is because of nonlinear term in the drag equation. V = Vw + Vc where V is the total velocity. This interaction modiﬁes the wave parameters and modiﬁes the wave ﬁeld. 40 . it either stretches the wave longer or shortens it.22) Refer to API clause 2. Current velocity shall be added vectorially with the water particle velocity before computation of drag force. algebraic sum of wave and current loads is diﬀerent from calculation of load by adding the horizontal water particle velocity with the current velocity and computing the loads.b (1) for more details on how to compute this apparent wave period. Recommendation of API RP2A shall be used to estimate the apparent wave period. LOADS The ﬁrst term in the equation is drag component (FD )and the second term is the inertia component (FI ).e. If the current travels in the same direction as the wave. Vw is the Velocity due to waves and Vc is the velocity of current.1. Depending on the direction of current in respect of wave direction.4. Both current modiﬁes the wave and wave modiﬁes the current exist. This is required since there is a square term in the drag force equation. L L = + VI T Tapp 2πL g tanh kh 0 (3.19) Most of the time. This can be expressed as FT = FD + FI (3. However.
empirical equations shall be used to calculate the breaking wave forces on the structures. a suitable wave theory shall be selected for use.8 Wave Load on a Member The various steps involved in calculating loads on a member can be shown graphically.4. LOADS 3.4. 3. API RP 2A recommends to use a chart for such selection based on d/gT 2 and H/gT 2 as the X and Y axis. But in reality.3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. H cos(kx − ωt) 2 41 ζ= (3. Refer to Figure. Water Wave Kinematics Airy wave theory is considered in the calculation of wave kinematics. For H/h > 0.78.23) . • Linear / Airy Wave Theory • Stokes Wave Theory (up to 5th order approximations) • Stream Function Wave Theory (up to 22nd order approximations) • Cnoidal Wave Theory Depending on the location such as deep water or shallow water and associated wave parameters. It was developed speciﬁcally for a surface piercing cylinder like pile of a structure.7 Selection of Wave Theory The computation of wave kinematics such as velocity and acceleration involves the equations from wave theory. The wave theories discussed above are for nonbreaking waves. The various wave theories are listed below.4. There are various kinds of solutions available depending on the accuracy required. the members of the oﬀshore structure may be horizontal or inclined in space and can not used without modiﬁcation. Morison equation is a general form and can not be applied to all members in the oﬀshore structure. Consider a progressive wave with water surface elevation depicted by cosine curve. these theories are not applicable as the waves tend to break. In such situation. and parameters involved in the computation.
3. Vh = − ∂φ H cosh k(h + z) = ω cos(kx − ωt) ∂x 2 sinh kh 42 (3.25) .2: Selection of wave theory for load calculation 9ref : API RP 2A) and the corresponding velocity potential is given by φ=− H ω cosh k(h + z) sin(kx − ωt) 2 k sinh kh (3. LOADS Figure 3.4. Environmental Loads Chapter 3.24) The horizontal and vertical velocity and acceleration of water particle can be calculated using the following equations.
In order ﬁnd the maximum force. 43 . L is the wave length. and x is the distance of the point in consideration from origin.26) ah = ∂Vh H 2 cosh k(h + z) = ω sin(kx − ωt) ∂t 2 sinh kh ∂Vv H 2 sinh k(h + z) =− ω cos(kx − ωt) ∂t 2 sinh kh (3.28) where k is the wave number deﬁned by 2π/L. i. 0 to h). Environmental Loads Chapter 3..e.3: Procedure for Calculation Wave Plus Current Loads (Extract from API RP 2A) Vv = − ∂φ H sinh k(h + z) = ω sin(kx − ωt) ∂z 2 sinh kh (3. Let us express the total force on the pile by substituting the velocity and acceleration components and integrating between the limits (from surface to seabed.27) av = (3. phase angle at which the maximum force occurs shall be found ﬁrst. ω is the wave circular frequency deﬁned by 2π/T .4. the combined drag and inertia force (total force) varies with time and will be maximum only at one occasion. LOADS Figure 3. Maximum Load on a vertical member Consider a case of a surface piercing cylinder such as pile of a structure or a leg of a jacket.3.
4: Wave Loads on Jacket Structure FT = π 2 H 2 cos θ cos θ sinh(2kh) h 1 CD ρ D + 2 T2 4k 2 sinh2 kh πD2 2π 2 H sin θ −CM ρ 4 T2 k (3.S.29) The total force will be maximum when.3.4.L) Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) h Figure 3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3.30) . LOADS y Direction of Wave Propagation Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) x Mean Sea Level (M. ∂FT =0 ∂θ 44 (3.
3. In order ﬁnd the maximum force. LOADS Substituting the values of velocity and acceleration components in to the drag and inertia force equation and diﬀerentiating with respect to θ and rearranging the terms.4. we get sinh kh πD CM 2H CD cosh k(h + z) θmax = sin−1 − (3.34) Maximum Load on a inclined member The resultant force on a arbitrarily oriented circular cylinder in water waves can be calculated using vector analysis combined with Morison equation.31) Maximum Load on a horizontal member Consider a case of a horizontal cylinder such as brace of a jacket. we get πD CM 2 sinh2 kh H CD (sinh 2kh + 2kh) θmax = cos−1 − (3.33) Substituting the values of velocity and acceleration components in to the drag and inertia force equation and diﬀerentiating with respect to θ and rearranging the terms. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. 45 . phase angle at which the maximum force occurs shall be found ﬁrst. Let us express the total force on the pile by substituting the velocity and acceleration. the combined drag and inertia force (total force) varies with time and will be maximum only at one occasion. FT = cosh2 k(z + h) 1 H 2ω2 CD ρ D cos θ cos θ 2 4 sinh kh πD2 Hω 2 cosh2 k(z + h) −CM ρ sin θ 4 2 sinh kh (3. ∂FT =0 ∂θ (3.32) The total force will be maximum when.
35) Each of these components can be expressed as functions of the ﬂuid particle motions by using Morison’s equation.38) = = = = = = Drag coeﬃcient for ﬂow normal to the cylinder Inertia coeﬃcient for ﬂow normal to the cylinder Diameter of cylinder Density of seawater Velocity of ﬂuid particle normal to the cylinder axis Acceleration of ﬂuid particle normal to the cylinder axis In the tangential direction.4. Environmental Loads Chapter 3.3. only a skin friction drag term exists since inertial component along the member axis does not exist unless a axial inertia coeﬃcient is speciﬁed.40) . LOADS The resultant force on a cylinder in general has component normal to the cylinder axis Fn and a component along the axis of the cylinder (a tangential component) Ft . The force in normal direction can be expressed as n F n = FD + FIn (3. Hence the equation for tangential force can be written as t F t = FD (3.36) n where FD and FIn are the drag and inertia forces respectively.37) (3. Thus.39) 1 t t FD = CD DρVt Vt  2 where 46 (3. These forces can be expressed as 1 n n FD = CD DρVn Vn  2 1 n FIn = πCM ID2 ρan 4 where n CD n CM D ρ Vn an (3. the total force per unit length of the cylinder can be written as F = Fn + Ft (3.
• Maximum Base Shear Method • Maximum Overturning Moment Method It is important that the wave loads on the structure be checked for both conditions. Similarly.42) (3. As the wave propagates across structure wave force on each member is diﬀerent and all the locations will not be attaining the maximum forces. The maximum overturning moment method will give more pile loads than the other. • Position the wave crest at the origin of the structure as shown in Figure. 47 . 1 t Fx = CD DρVt Vt  2 1 n 1 n Fy = CD DρVn Vy  + πCM ID2 ρay 2 4 1 n 1 n Fz = CD DρVn Vz  + πCM ID2 ρaz 2 4 (3.4. LOADS = Drag coeﬃcient for ﬂow tangential to the cylinder = Velocity of ﬂuid particle tangential to the cylinder axis These forces can be summed and expressed in terms of cylinder local axis as below.43) The maximum forces can only be found numerically by calculating the forces for one wave cycle.9 Maximum Global Loads Maximum global loads on a platform can be calculated using two principles.41) (3.4. the maximum base shear method may govern the design of some jacket leg members near seabed due to high shear. following steps need to be considered. 3. Environmental Loads n CD Vt Chapter 3. Maximum Base Shear Maximum base shear or maximum total force on a structure has to be determined for the global analysis of structures.3. To ﬁnd the maximum total force a structure.
In this case. The buoyancy force can be calculated by two methods. if the member is part of a structure supported at its two ends and forced to be submerged by weight of other members. This kind of structure requires at least a reserve buoyancy of 10% to 15%. • Sum up the forces in horizontal direction for all the members. this member will experience a upward force equal to the displaced volume of water. Maximum Overturning moment Maximum overturning moment on a structure can be determined following the procedure for the maximum base shear case. • The maximum of all the total forces computed in step 5 is the maximum base shear or total force.3. Typical example is the jacket structure. • Compute the wave forces on all members at that instant of time using water wave velocities and accelerations computed.4.0. To obtain this buoyancy.10 Buoyancy Loads The oﬀshore structural members mostly made buoyant by air tight sealing of the welds to avoid water entry. 3. the loads on the members shall be multiplied by the lever arm from mudline. On other hand. • Marine Method • Rational Method The marine method assumes that the member in consideration considered to have rigid body motion. This means that the weight of the member is calculated using submerged density 48 . The reserve buoyancy is deﬁned as buoyancy in excess of its weight. This is purposely planned so that the overall structure will have adequate buoyancy during installation. This is called buoyancy force. LOADS • Divide one wave cycle into number of segments either in terms of θ or in terms of length.4. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. • Repeat the calculation in step 4 for all the points for one wave cycle. structural tubular members are carefully selected such that their buoyancy / weight ratio is greater than 1. This means that the member will ﬂoat in water. This shall be summed up and the procedure shall be repeated for all the steps in the wave.
The magnitude of this distributed member load can be expressed as 1 BB = πD2 ρw cos α 4 where α is the angle between the member and its projection on a horizontal plane The joint loads consists of forces acting in the directions of all of the members meeting at the joint. The loads on the members are perpendicular to the member axis and in the vertical plane containing the member.4.3. LOADS Water Surface Selfweight including buoyancy (Marine Method) Self Weight alone Buoyancy by Rational Method Figure 3. Environmental Loads Chapter 3. These pressures can only act normal to the surface. These joint forces act in a direction that would compress the corresponding members 49 (3.5: Buoyancy Calculation methods of steel and applied to the member vertically down as an uniformly distributed load.025) 4 where ρs is the density of steel Unlike gravity which is a true body force acting on every particle of a body. results in a system of loads consisting of distributed loads along the members and concentrated loads at the joints. This buoyant weight WB of the member per unit length can be calculated as 1 WB = π(D2 − (D − t)2 )(ρs − 1. buoyancy is the resultant of ﬂuid pressure acting on the surface of the body.45) (3.44) . The rational method takes in to account this pressure distribution on the structure.
11 Ice Loads For structures located in polar regions and cold countries. large impact force is experienced by the structure.L) F Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) Figure 3. LOADS PB = ρw Ah (3.e.4. ice loading shall be considered in the design. and have magnitude of : Chapter 3. the material area for ﬂooded members.3. These ices sheets when come closer and hit the oﬀshore structures. In this regions. Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) Mean Sea Level (M.4. the enclosed area for nonﬂooded members = water depth at the end of the member being considered 3. the ice sheets of varying thicknesses can move from one location to other due to tide and under water current.6: Ice Loading on a structure 50 .S.46) where A = h ”displaced” area i. Environmental Loads if they acted directly on them.
Sometimes over a long period of time sediment settlement at the location of the platform may have sloping surface and mud slides can also generate mud loads. Hence the possibility of weight overrun during the project can occur.48) 3. no reliable information may be available. LOADS This kind of force cannot be calculated by means of analytical tools. These loads can be calculated using Fmud = Cmud τ D where Cmud τ D = Force Coeﬃcient vary from 7 to 9 = Shear strength of soil 5 KPa to 10 kPa = Diameter of pile or or member) (3.12 Mud Loads Platforms located in the vicinity of the river mouth (shallow water platforms) may experience the mud ﬂow loads. especially at the initial stage of the project. based on past experience weight of various items shall be assumed.5 MPa Ice force coeﬃcient vary between 0. Fice = C f A where fice Cice A = = = Crushing strength of ice vary between 1.3. a planned method of estimation and control shall be introduced called ”Weight Control procedure”. an empirical equation is available and can be used to estimate the force Fice .5. based on experimental studies. However. In order to reduce the risk of such situation and further consequences of redesign.5 MPa to 3.4.7 Area struck by ice (Diameter of member x ice sheet thickness) (3. Load Estimation and Distribution Chapter 3.5 Load Estimation and Distribution The gravity loads on the topside shall be estimated with care. During initial stage.47) 3. 51 .3 to 0. The river ﬂow brings sediment transport and nearby mud towards the platform and may slide through the location.
the distribution or break down of total weight or payload is shown in Table.3. • Primary Structure • Secondary Structure • Mechanical Equipment • Piping & Bulks • Electrical Equipment • Instrumentation In a typical wellhead platform. 52 .L) Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) Mud Slide Soft or Unstable soil Stiﬀ and Stable Soil Figure 3.5.7: Mud Loading on a structure In the weight control procedure.S. LOADS Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) Mean Sea Level (M. the weight elements of an topside shall be divided into the following categories. Load Estimation and Distribution Chapter 3.
This is called Future expansion allowance.4: Variation of contingency through project duration Further. design requirement may change due to fundamental change in process techniques. This is normally decided by owner or developer of the ﬁeld and identiﬁed future expansion. during the progress of the project.5. Further. Structural analysis of concepts selected will require reasonable data for loading the structure with and subsequent analysis work. fabrication tolerance. Hence weight estimation with suitable ”contingency” shall be used in the design. equipment selection etc. Load Estimation and Distribution No 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Category Primary Structure Secondary Structure Mechanical Equipment Piping & Bulks Electrical Equipment Instrumentation % 20 15 25 25 10 5 100 Chapter 3.3. LOADS Table 3. However. The total allowance for this shall be at least 5%. welding etc shall also be accounted for in the design. the variation in weight due to mill tolerances. There is another allowance normally kept aside during the design is the allowance for future expansion. This contingency is normally kept at higher during the initial stage and can be reduced once the information on each item is available. No Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 Primary Structure Secondary Structure Mechanical Equipment Piping & Bulks Electrical Equipment Instrumentation FEED 25 35 45 35 40 35 Basic Design 20 30 30 30 30 30 Detail Design 15 25 25 25 15 25 Fabrication Stage 10 15 15 15 10 15 Weighing Stage 5 5 5 5 5 5 Table 3. the equipment and other information may not be available at so early in the project.3: Typical Break down of total topside loads The weight estimation of various components will start as early as FEED stage. 53 . This allowances can be normally estimated and included. This contingency is used to allow for such unforeseen growth in the topside load.
Maximum gravity loads arising from normal operation of the platform with 1 year return period wave. This case is used to check the structure due to loads during 100 year return period storm together with platform gravity loads. current and wind. • Normal Operating Case . a wellhead platform with only very mini54 . current and wind. It will be done one by one. Typically.8: Variation of Contingency through project duration 3.6.This is a case where hydrotesting and commissioning of equipment and piping is carried out oﬀshore. • Hydrotest case . It should be noted that not all equipment will be hydrotested simultaneously. • Extreme Storm Case . – Some platforms are designed to be unmanned and will be operation during the storm with remote control.Maximum gravity loads arising from extreme case with 100 year return period storm wave.6 Load Combinations The load combinations used for adequacy checking of any oﬀshore structure can be divided into following four categories. This case is used to check the local strength of the deck structure. Load Combinations Chapter 3.3. the equipment and piping will be fully ﬁlled with sea water and maximum gravity loads will be developed. This case is used to check the structure against loads during the normal operation of the platform. LOADS 50 40 Upper bound 30 Lower bound 20 10 FEED BASIC DESIGN DETAIL DESIGN FABRICATION DESIGN / FABRICATION STAGES Figure 3. In this case.
6. – Second type of platforms are process platforms with attached living quarters where large number of people staying on board. This case is used to check the seismic condition if the platform is located in seismically active region. platform will be shutdown. LOADS mum personnel onboard will be fully functional except that the personnel will be evacuated during the storm. Suitable contingency shall be added to the load combination. the required load combinations during a normal operation or extreme storm may change.3. and the people will be evacuated during a severe storm. welhead / drilling or living quarters.Minimum gravity loads arising from extreme case with 100 year return period storm wave. 55 .Maximum gravity loads with seismic loads from either strength level earthquake or ductility level earthquake as per actual design requirement. The above table is based on the Working stress method (WSD) and does not include any contingencies. • Pull out case . Load Combinations Chapter 3. Depending on type of platform operation such as process. This is illustrated in the Tables. This case is used to check the maximum tension loads on the piles and structural members. • Seismic case . current and wind.
00  Tension Pullout Seismic case case 0.00 1.00 1.00  Hydrotest case case 1.00 1.00 1.50 2 3 4 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.90 0.00 1.90 1.00 1. LOADS No Load Category 1 Gravity Loads Structural Dead Loads Mechanical Equipment Piping & Bulks Electrical Equipment Instrumentation Operating Fluids Hydrotest Fluids Live Loads Drilling Loads Drilling Equipment Supplies Hook Loads Rotary Loads Environmental Loads Operating Wind Extreme Wind Operating Wave+current Extreme Wave+Current Seismic Loads Normal Operating case 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00  Extreme Storm case 1.00 1.90 0.00 1.90 0.00 0.00 Table 3. Load Combinations Chapter 3.00 1.90 0.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.50 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.3.50 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.90 0.00 1.6.5: Load Combination for an oﬀshore platform design based WSD 56 .00 1.00 1.
temporary works.Marine grade concrete used for construction of columns and bases of gravity type platforms – Cement grout . etc.used for grating on oﬀshore platforms – Timber .Low carbon steel used for ll kinds of structural members in the platforms – Structural concrete . • Structural Materials – Structural Steel .used for miscellaneous applications such as launch skid. mudmat. super duplex steel etc for transporting corrosive ﬂuids such crude oil etc – Fibre Reinforced Plastics .used for splash zone protection of piles and members. Materials for oﬀshore applications include the following. marine growth preventer etc – Fibre Glass .used for grouting annulus between the pile and jacket leg or skirt • Piping Materials – Carbon Steel used for normal process piping – Stainless steel – Steel Alloys such duplex steel. 57 .used for sea water service such as ﬁre water system • Miscellaneous Materials – Fibre Reinforced Plastics .1 General Selection of suitable material for the oﬀshore structure is a very important aspect.Chapter 4 MATERIALS AND CORROSION 4.
Some times the concrete gravity type structure are also constructed. lifting padeyes handrails.1: Typical member types in Deck and Jacket 4.2. But these structures are mostly either ﬁxed template type structures and deep water complaint structures. platforms. builtup girders and beams. braces Minor braces. are 58 . plate girders stringers. MATERIALS AND CORROSION 4. main truss members.2 Steel Grades The four (4) grades of steel. Category Primary Secondary Special Ancillary Deck Legs. or at the vicinity of. piles.Special members are parts of primary members located in. bumpers and guides Table 4.2 Structural Steel Oﬀshore structures are generally constructed of structural steel. which do not fall in the above categories. padeyes walkways. • Secondary Structural Member .1 Structural Member Classiﬁcation Structural members in the oﬀshore structures can be classiﬁed into following categories based on the criticality. supports Jacket Legs. ﬂoor plates Nodes. 4. which may be used to fabricate plate. rolled shapes. • Ancillary Members . conductor supports Nodes.2.Primary Structural members shall include members and components essential to the overall integrity and safety of the primary structure.Secondary Structural Steel shall include members and components essential to the local integrity of the structure where failure of these members will not aﬀect the overall integrity and safety of the primary structure. critical load transmission areas and of stress concentration locations.4.1.Ancillary’ members are minor members and attachments. the type of steel materials and its behaviour under water is discussed. Structural Steel Chapter 4. caissons. Typical examples in each category is given in Table 4. and tubulars.2. • Special Members . • Primary Structural Member . In this chapter.
. may conform to seamless API Speciﬁcation 5L. Special Mild Steel (SMS) Special Mild Steel (SMS) plate shall conform to ASTM A 36. 59 . shall conform to ASTM A 36. MATERIALS AND CORROSION Mild Steel (MS) a) Mild Steel (MS) plate. grain size six (6) and ﬁner as determined by ASTM E 112. and plate for tubulars. grating supports. b) High Strength Steel (HS) for rolled shapes shall conform to the requirements of ASTM A 633 Grade D. grain size six (6) or ﬁner as determined by ASTM E 112.4. except that this steel shall be manufactured to a fully killed.D. ”Speciﬁcation for Structural Steel”. High Strength Steel (HS) a) High Strength Steel (HS) plate shall conform to the requirements of API 2H Grade 50 or ASTM A 633 Grade C.2. b) Structural grade seamless line pipe may be used for tubular less than 508 mm O. Structural Steel • Mild Steel (MS) • Special Mild Steel (SMS) • High Strength Steel (HS) • Special High Strength Steel (SHS) Chapter 4. d) The carbon equivalent index shall be for Grade 50 steels as deﬁned by API Speciﬁcation 2H. walkways.D. for handrails. shapes. ﬁne grain practice. or as shown on the Fabrication Drawings. e) High Strength Steel for tubular less than 508 mm O. c) These grades of steel shall be fully killed. Line pipe shall meet the requirements of API Speciﬁcation 5L Grade B or ASTM A 53 Grade B. c) All mild steel shall have a minimum of 250 MPa yield strength. ﬁne grain practice.
grain size six (6) or ﬁner as determined by ASTM E 112. 4. Melting by the open hearth process shall not be allowed.2. calcium argon stirring. S4 and S5 applicable to either designation.006 percent. ”Straight Beam Ultrasonic Examination of Plain and Clad Steel Plates for Special Applications” and ASTM A770. The supplier shall provide a guarantee and substantial proof that the required properties and weldability can be achieved with the proposed process.5 Carbon Equivalent (CE) M n Cr + M o + V N i + Cu + + 6 5 15 60 (4. Normalized High Strength Low Alloy Structural Steel with API 2H supplements S1. 4. b) These materials shall be fully killed and normalized.4. and the method used for analysis and control. Rare earth metal (REM) additions shall not be permitted. • The steels shall meet the requirements of ASTM A 578.1) CE = C + .2. or other suitable techniques which shall result in removal or shape control of the complex oxysulﬁdes.2. For ultrasonic examination acceptance level II shall be used and the entire plate shall be scanned. Structural Steel Special High Strength Steel (SHS) Chapter 4. the sulfur level and the extent of degassing prior to the REM addition. 4.4 Chemical Requirements The maximum allowable sulfur content shall be 0.2.3 Manufacturing Materials shall be produced by a manufacturing process which includes ladle vacuum degassing. MATERIALS AND CORROSION • Two (2) special high strength steels may be used in the structure(s): • ”SHS50” shall conform to the requirements of API 2H Grade 50 or ASTM A 633 Grade C. how and at what point in the melting .ladle degassing process are the REM added. Supplementary requirements S1 and S4 shall apply. This approval shall be contingent upon a review of the details concerning the type and amount of REM additions. • The maximum carbon equivalent shall be as deﬁned by API Speciﬁcation 2H for Grade 50 steels.
7 Notch Toughness Requirements The Charpy Vnotch impact test shall be used for all high strength ASTM materials for notch toughness requirements.2.4. The test shall be conducted and acceptance criteria shall be in accordance with API Speciﬁcation 2H. The metal atoms at the surface lose electrons and become actively charged ions that leave the metal and enter the wet electrolyte.8 Supplementary Requirements Suplementary requirements for structural steel such as S1 through S11 shall be followed as per API 2H. Corrosion Chapter 4. 61 .2. The metal atoms at the surface lose electrons and become actively charged ions that leave the metal and enter the wet electrolyte. MATERIALS AND CORROSION 4. Corrosion in a wet environment attacks the metal by removing the atoms on the metal surface. 4.2. stable compound. stable compound. This may get deposited in the same metal in another area.3. The metal ions join with/to oppositely charged ions from another chemical and form a new. Corrosion requires energy. 4. 4. During corrosion the reacting components go from a higher to a lower energy state and release the energy needed for the reaction. In the dry corrosion process of Figure 1 the metal and the oxygen combine to produce the oxide on the surface because the reaction leads to a compound (the oxide) at a lower energy level. 4.6 Mechanical Requirements For grade SHS50.1 Seawater Corrosion Corrosion in a wet environment attacks the metal by removing the atoms on the metal surface.3 Corrosion Corrosion of metals is a electrochemical process of loss of material from one location. the minimum yield strength shall be 345 MPa and the minimum tensile strength shall be 483 MPa for plates through 100mm in thickness. The metal ions join with/to oppositely charged ions from another chemical and form a new.3.
the metal is protected from further corrosion. In acidic solutions (pH 0 . For corrosion in near neutral solutions (pH 6 8) under oxygenated conditions the predominant cathodic reaction is the oxygen absorption reaction (O2 + 2H2O + 4e. The presence of chloride. In this case.6) the hydrogen ion concentration is higher and the hydrogen evolution reaction is the predominant one. Corrosion rates become extreme as the pH drops (acid gets stronger). • PH value of sea water. This process is schematically showing in Figure 4. Corrosion Chapter 4.4. acidic or alkaline. MATERIALS AND CORROSION The oxide layer shields the metal from the oxygen and forms a barrier. In the above process the electrons from the corroding anode metal move to the connected cathode where they recombine with the atoms of oxygen and water in the electrolyte to make a new hydroxyl ion (OH). Corrosion of steel in marine environmental is basically a electrochemical reaction.3.= H followed by H + H = H2 gas) becomes the cathodic process and the anode continues to corrode. This is provided by the surrounding seawater which is a best electrolyte. But if the bare metal is exposed to the oxygen. If instead the bimetallic cell has no oxygen present in the electrolyte the hydrogen evolution reaction (H+ + e. The location from where the metal is being taken away is called Anode. disassociates or falls apart. which cannot develop a protective barrier. 4. The barrier makes it diﬃcult for oxygen in the air to contact the metal and it eventually grows so thick that the movement of electrons and ions across it stop. 62 .2 Factors inﬂuencing corrosion The factors inﬂuencing or accelerating the sea water corrosion process are listed below. Removal of the oxygen removes the metals ability to create its own protective corrosion barrier. The essential requirement of such metal transfer to occur is closed circuit between the two locations. This is caused by ﬂow of electrons from one location to another location results in recombined metal or rust deposited in the receiving location called Cathode. the electrons have a continuous pathway to escape the parent metal and the parent metal.= 4OH) shown in Figure 1. In this case the presence of oxygen beneﬁts the metals protection. This new negatively charged ion then reacts to make a stable compound with the positively charged metal ions (F 2 +) that originally lost the electrons. Provided the oxide layer does not crack. accelerates the process of corrosion.3. or is not removed. This reaction is a much slower reaction (the H+ ion has a very low concentration in solution) than the oxygen absorbing reaction. it will again react to form the oxide. The oxide will not react with the oxygen in the air or the metal. Once corrosion starts it continues until the ingredients are all used up.1.The electrolyte in wet corrosion can be neutral.
1: Schematic showing the sea water corrosion process • Salt Content . 63 . The corrosion rate begins to fall due to the concentration of stagnant ions blocking the creation of more ions in the electrolyte.Sea Water H2 O Presence of Oxygen O2 2e− F e → F e2+ + 2e− Anode 2e− Cathode 2H2O + O2 + 4e− → 4OH − F e2+ + OH − → F e(OH)2 → Rust Figure 4. ions build up immediately around the anode and cathode saturating their respective regions. • Temperature of water .Fe Electrolyte .The rate of corrosion is higher in water circulating or ﬂowing through than in the stagnant water.4.The presence of chloride in sea water increase the chemical reaction that takes place during the corrosion process. During corrosion. • Velocity of ﬂow . If the ions are removed or more voltage is provided the corrosion rate again picks up. MATERIALS AND CORROSION Cathode Corroding Metal . If you want fast corrosion then agitate the electrolyte and add oxygen.3. The rate of corrosion increases as the electrochemical reaction gets faster in high temperature.The eﬀect of temperature on corrosion rate is very important. Corrosion Chapter 4.
protect them from contact with water. 4. The stressed areas have changed electrical potentials to the neighbouring metal and are also more likely to develop microscopic surface cracks. Where dissimilar metals must be used. If water 64 . and the areas where oxygen concentration is low will corrode. – Pitting Corrosion .Presence of oxygen is main cause of corrosion process to start. – Stress Corrosion . In pitting corrosion the metal at the top of the pit has access to the oxygen in the air and becomes the cathode. for example aluminum ﬁns on the copper coils of a refrigeration chiller condenser. • Localised Corrosion . Running copper water pipe to a galvanised tank will cause the tank to corrode very quickly. Joining copper to steel is nearly as bad. – Crevice Corrosion . Typical example of uniform corrosion is the corrosion of oﬀshore structures in sea water.This type of corrosion happen due to presence of some kind of opening in the metal surface such as fatigue cracks. Dissimilar metals of diﬀerent potentials joined together by an electrolyte.3. Steel posts dug into the ground will rust just below the surface because of this eﬀect. Corrosion Chapter 4.A crevice is created whenever two objects are brought together. At the bottom of the pit oxygen is depleted and the metal becomes the anode. Corrosion starts in the crevice because of diﬀerential aeration.this is basically a global corrosion occurring uniform over the exposed surfaces of the metal.Metal under tensile stresses can corrode at higher rates than normally expected.3.Some of the localised corrosion eﬀects are listed with brief description of hot it happens. – Galvanic Corrosion Galvanic corrosion needs to be watched. MATERIALS AND CORROSION • Presence of Oxygen .3 types of corrosion • General / Uniform Corrosion . Unless they are perfectly ﬂat a crevice is present and oxygen cannot easily enter the gap but is plentiful outside. will cause the more anodic metal to corrode. Some protection from galvanic corrosion can be achieved if the electrolyte is not present. The deeper the pit is the less the oxygen available at the bottom and the corrosion rate increases. In the galvanic series listed in Table 1 only join metals that are near each other. Without the availability of water molecules the corrosion reaction stops because the electrons cannot ﬁnd a host to complete the chemical reaction. like process water or rainwater. The corrosion reaction requires oxygen and where oxygen is present the metal is cathodic and where oxygen is depleted the metal is anodic and corrodes.4. The parts of the metal in contact with the highest oxygen concentration become cathodic and are protected. Both situations promote increased corrosion rates.
normally no corrosion allowance is provided since sacriﬁcial anodes are provided to protect the steel. However. the salt content increases with the depth. In pitting corrosion the metal at the top of the pit has access to the oxygen in the air and becomes the cathode.05mm to 2mm below the splash zone has been given in the literature. Figure 2 shows the mechanism of pitting corrosion. etc. contaminant like dirt. At the bottom of the pit oxygen is depleted and the metal becomes the anode. Hence the rates of corrosion is a complex phenomenon changes from location to location. a general trend is that the corrosion rate decrease as the depth increase. inclusion like mill scale. However. The longer the design life of the structure.4. In case of jacket type structures. MATERIALS AND CORROSION must be used in contact with dissimilar metals insure it is deionised and oxygen free.5mm per year in the splash zone and 0.3.2: Schematic showing the pitting and crevice corrosion A metal can corrode without being in contact with another metal. In this case diﬀerent areas of the metal take on diﬀerent electrical potentials. generally the corrosion allowance in the splash zone vary from 6mm to 12mm and for other regions below. This is due to lack of presence of oxygen and decrease in temperature. The deeper the pit is the less the oxygen available at the bottom and the corrosion rate increases. This can occur because of variations in the metal metallurgical properties or because of variations in the surface oxide layer.1mm to 0. The corrosion rate of 0. 4.3. 65 . such as a break. Corrosion Chapter 4. thinning. a noncorrosive splash zone protection in the form wrapping using FRP materials are also provided inplace of corrosion allowance.4 Rates of corrosion Variation of corrosion along the depth of water depends on many parameters discussed in the previous section. the corrosion allowance in the splash shall be higher. But some times. Air Air High Oxygen Steel Rust Cathode F E 2+ High Oxygen Steel Rust Cathode F E 2+ Low Oxygen Anode Steel Low Oxygen Anode Steel Sea Water Sea Water Figure 4.
Corrosion Protection Chapter 4. 4.20 0.5 Cathodic Protection Cathodic protection has applications in most of the oﬀshore structures and facilities. • Select base materials such that they have corrosion resistant property inherently.4.4. • Providing protective coating or other means to stop the environment from attacking the steel surface. • Cathodic Protection by means of sacriﬁcial anodes or impressed current system.10 0. 66 . The possible methods are listed below. • Providing corrosion inhibitors to stop the corrosion process • Providing sacriﬁcial corrosion allowance in areas where protection by other method does not work.4 Corrosion Protection There many ways of protecting the structures against corrosion. MATERIALS AND CORROSION Zone 1 : Atmospheric Zone 2 : Splash Zone Zone 3: Tidal Zone 4: Continuosly Submerged Zone 5: Subsoil 0 0.60 Figure 4.50 0.40 Corrosion Rate mm/year 0.3: Rate of corrosion along depth 4.
4: Schematic showing the sacriﬁcial anode system 67 .4.Fe Protective current 2e− F e2+ Sacriﬁcial Anode Anode 2e− Cathode Anode Vathode Result F e → F e2+ + 2e− 2H2O + O2 + 4e− → 4OH − F e2+ + OH − → F e(OH)2 → Rust Electrolyte . Cathodic Protection • Oﬀshore Platforms • Jackup Rigs • SemiSubmersible Platforms • Jetties and Wharves • Submarine Pipelines • FPSOs Chapter 4.1 Sacriﬁcial Anode System A schematic showing the sacriﬁcial anode system is shown in Figure 4. This way the metal corrosion is stopped.4. The metal surfaces to be protected shall be connected to a sacriﬁcial anode.Sea Water H2 O Presence of Oxygen O2 Figure 4. Instead. Cathode Corroding Metal .5. In this method. the protective current that ﬂow from the sacriﬁcial anode prevents the ﬂow of corrosive current ﬂowing from anode to cathode.5. MATERIALS AND CORROSION 4. the sacriﬁcial anode corrodes during the process.
the slender standoﬀ type anode commonly selected due to its simplicity. Cathodic Protection Chapter 4. This method does not require any maintenance and no external resources for operation.Steel Tube Anode Material . This negative volts increases more than 0. This method is very suitable for oﬀshore ﬁxed type platforms.Aluminum Alloy h l L b d B Cross Section Figure 4. MATERIALS AND CORROSION For a freely corroding mild steel in sea water has a potential diﬀerence of 0.60 Volts when compared with Silver/Silver Chloride reference electrode. size and shape Among the various types of anodes used in the industry. The amount of sacriﬁcial anodes required to protect the structure depends on the following parameters and shall be carefully studied. Hence the anodes need not be provided in the splash zone. Salinity.80 Volts and this indicates that the cathodic protection system is in working condition.5. A typical ﬁxed oﬀshore platform as shown in Figure 4. Anode Core .5: Typical details of slender standoﬀ sacriﬁcial anode 68 .6 is provided with many number of anodes distributed from mudline to LAT. • Seawater Resistivity. This negative potential increases further when cathodic protection is applied. temperature and ﬂow velocity • Total Surface area to be protected • Type of Anode Material and its composition.50 to 0. It is to be noted that the cathodic protection by means of sacriﬁcial anodes does not work in the splash zone due to intermittent exposure.4.
5.6: Oﬀshore platform protected with sacriﬁcial anodes 69 . Cathodic Protection Chapter 4. MATERIALS AND CORROSION HAT Splash Zone LAT Anode Conductors Piles Seabed Soil Figure 4.4.
4.5. MATERIALS AND CORROSION 70 . Cathodic Protection Chapter 4.
Few programs are listed below. The use of structural analysis programs with fast computers has made possible some of the largest structures to be designed in 6 to 8 months.Structural Analysis Computer System . • SACS .from Det Norske Veritas.from Engineering Dynamics Inc. USA • SESAM . Usually. USA • Strucad .1 General With the advancement in computer and software technology and availability of computers. Following preparatory activities are required before analysis and design can be carried out. • Structure Geometry selection • Geometry Simulation 71 . the ﬁrst discipline to produce documents and drawings is structural so that the materials can be ordered to mill for production.Chapter 5 SIMULATION 5. Norway The modern day oﬀshore development project schedules does not permit designers to carry out hand calculations due to faster requirement of design and drawings for fabrication. the structural analysis of structures has been made easy and fast. Hence the structural designers are under very high pressure from fabricators to produce the structural material take oﬀ for order placement.Also from Engineering Dynamics INC. There are a number of commercial computer programs available speciﬁcally coded to carry out three dimensional structural analysis for oﬀshore structures.
SIMULATION 5.5.2. environmental condition. Figure 5.2 Structure Geometry selection Structure geometry shall be selected based on various requirement such as layout. water depth.3 Geometry Simulation A geometric model of a structure contains a database of following information. installation methodology and topside loads etc.1: Computer Model of a Wellhead Jacket and Deck 5. 72 . Structure Geometry selection • Foundation Simulation • Load Simulation Chapter 5.
Y Z X Joint LEG Member LEG R XB BR C Figure 5. orthogonal coordinate system with X.3.1 Axis System Any computer model of structure require origin and coordinate system so that the structure information such as nodes and loads can be modeled. Geometry Simulation • Joints or Nodes • Members and Properties • Foundation • Loads Chapter 5.L) in elevation as shown in Figure. The origin of such system shall be at the geometric center of the platform in plan at the work point and at Mean Sea Level (M. 5. Normally.S. Y and Z will be used.2: Computer Model of a Jacket with Axis system 73 . SIMULATION Each of the above information can be entered in a planned and systematic way so that the post processing and correlating the design drawings with analysis results becomes easier and faster.5.3.
For example.3. This numbering schemes will help a lot during post processing of results and identiﬁcation of members or joints that require redesign. For example following joint numbering can be used. The member can be deﬁned by two joints (one at each end of member) and a member group name (under which the member property such as diameter and wall thickness can be assigned). fatigue.P. No 1 2 3 4 5 Item Description Jacket Deck Flare Boom Bridge Living Quarters Joint Numbering J1 to J999 D1 to D999 F1 to F999 B1 to B999 Q1 to Q999 Table 5.3.2 Joints or Nodes Joints or nodes are deﬁned as three dimensional coordinates of junctions of members in the space frame. we can easily identify which node is lying on which deck etc.1: Joint Numbering scheme Some software programs has the ability to generate automatic joint numbering based on initial number given by the user.5. loadout. we can split the numbering system in to blocks and use them in a systematic way. Unique numbering system shall be followed so that identiﬁcation of location of joint becomes easy. This member represents the presence of a structural member in the analysis. This way. SIMULATION The axis origin at the center of the jacket helps in modeling and transformation of geometry for further installation analyses. 5. and for main deck D400 to D799 and for upper deck D800 to D999 and so on. seismic.) of ends of members and the member shall be formed along the centreline of the member. This method of modeling can only come by experience and can be improved to produce a more user friendly model. Each panel or plane framing can be given with unique numbering. transportation and launching etc. D1 to D399. For cellar deck. 5. 74 .3 Members and properties A member in structural model is a an element (usually a beam element in terms of Finite Element Terminology) connected between two nodes or joints. This will deﬁnitely help during quick processing of results and compiling the information from various analyses for a jacket such as inplace.3. Geometry Simulation Chapter 5. Joints are work points (W. in the deck joint numbering scheme.
Geometry Simulation Chapter 5. SIMULATION Similarly.) is less than the API RP2A allowable distance of D/4 where D is the diameter of the chord member at the joint.4 Oﬀsets and Eccentricities The members connecting at one common joint can be joined to one single joint if the oﬀset between the work points (W. If a separate joint is not modelled.3. The shear capacities of tubular members are generally high and may not be serious issue is the eccentricity is within D/4. This is based some studies on tubular joints with eccentricities showed that the additional moment generated by these eccentricities have consequences on the member and joint adequacy.2: Member Group scheme the above is list in an indication of how systematic a structural model can be made and it is upto the designer to build it the way he wanted. 75 . 5. The column. This is required to model the shear transfer between the brace and plate girder through the web of the girder. this rule shall not be applied to deck truss. brace and plate girder junction shall be modelled with additional joint even if the eccentricities are less than D/4. the vertical component of the braces forces will directly taken by the column and the shear capacity of the plate girder at the joint may be checked correctly. Same member group shall not be given to too many segments or members. However. No Item Description 1 Jacket Legs Horizontal Braces Elevation braces Launch Truss Boat Landing 2 Deck Cellar Deck Main Deck Upper Deck Crane Pedestal 3 Flare Boom 4 Bridge 5 Living Quarters Member group Preﬁx with either L or J Preﬁx with H Preﬁx with V Preﬁx with T Preﬁx with BL Preﬁx with C Preﬁx with M Preﬁx with U Preﬁx with P Preﬁx with F Preﬁx with B Preﬁx with Q Table 5.3.5. the member properties can also be given in systematic way.P.
Total number of such conductors may vary from platform to platform.5. in some cases. there may as much as 30 to 40 conductors of 30 inch diameters. These conductors are not structurally connected to jacket members but just touching the conductor guides at diﬀerent elevations.3. these tubes prevent the drill pipes (normally very small diameter.3. Further. SIMULATION Figure 5. typically 13 to 16 inch) from failure due to large displacement and vortex induced vibration.5 Wishbone Connections The conductors are tubes inserted through series of guides in the jacket at various levels and driven in to the seabed for at least 30 to 40m. These tubes are later used to pass through the drill safely without damaging the jacket members.3: Computer Model of a vertical elevation of jacket 5. The conductors and the structural elements at the conductor guide level will be modelled through a ”stiﬀ element” called wish bone with only axial stiﬀness so that it will transfer 76 . Wave and current loading on conductors need to be included in the structural analysis and hence they need to to modelled. Geometry Simulation Chapter 5.
77 Column Br e .3. The length of the wish bones will be very small.4: Joint oﬀset or eccentricities in jacket tubular Joint Br ac Increased web thickness ac e Plate Girder e1 Increased Flange Thickness e2 Separate Joint for each brace e1 e2 Should be modelled even if e1 and e2 are less than D/4 Figure 5. This is done by creating a joint with almost same coordinate of the structural joint.5. Geometry Simulation Br ac e Br Chapter 5.5: Joint oﬀset or eccentricities in deck truss Joint the lateral loads from wave and current on conductors. SIMULATION Chord e1 e2 Brace ac e Common Joint for all the braces For e1 and e2 less than D/4 Separate Joint for each brace e1 e2 For e1 and e2 greater than D/4 Figure 5.
Further the materials of such appurtenances may not be in line with the main structure. Such structures are listed below.6: Wish bone modelling of conductor / guide interface 5. the deck structure has many appurtenances as listed below. This is to simplify the load path and to understand the behaviour clearly.5. SIMULATION Wish bone Conductor Anulus Gap Figure 5. • Boat Landing • Barge Bumber • Launch Runner • Mudmat • Anodes • Conductors • Risers • Jtube Similarly. it is obvious to ignore them in the global structural stiﬀness.3. • Walkways 78 . The wave and current loading on them shall be taken into account but the stiﬀness need not considered in the global analysis of jacket. Geometry Simulation Conductor Guide Support Braces Chapter 5.3.6 Dummy Structure Models Jacket structure has many appurtenances attached to it.
• Main Pile • Skirt Pile As it can be seen from the ﬁgure that the skirt pile is always grouted with the skirt sleeve of the jacket. 5. This method will lead to large displacements and may not be correct. Like other structural elements of the jacket structure. Some of the software programs have this ability to simulate dummy structure based on this method. This needs to be simulated in the structural analysis involving their inplace strength and stability. But these appurtenances need to be modelled to simulate the vertical COG. the piles hold them on to the sea bed.4 5. The other method is to remove such members after the loads are calculated and summed to the nearest joint. There are type of pile system that can be used in the oﬀshore structures.4. 79 . This is required in the sea transportation analysis and seismic analysis. SIMULATION But these items on the deck does not have wave or current loading but may have wind loading on them. pile is also a structural member and shall be modelled according to the diameter. The dummy structure can be modelled in two ways.4. It is the load transfer mechanism between the jacket leg and pile that requires special care in simulation of actual load transfer. Foundation Simulation • Stairways • Platforms • Equipment Supports • Monorails Chapter 5. this may not be the case. wall thickness and material properties.1 Foundation Simulation Pile Modelling In an oﬀshore structure. Since the wind loading on deck is normally considered as block area. the annulus between the pile and the jacket leg may be grouted or not grouted depending on the design water depth. Refer to relevant section for more details. The ﬁrst method is to model as a structural member and give very high Young modulus so that the stiﬀness is very low.5. But in the case of main pile.
4.7: Pile Simulation for an Oﬀshore jacket 80 . Foundation Simulation Chapter 5. SIMULATION Pile to Deck Connection Pile To Jacket Connection Jacket Brace Pile Jacket Leg WishBone Structure Node Pile Node Pile Head Node Figure 5.5.
The equivalent axial area.4. These pile clusters can be arranged in various ways but due to construction limitations usually they will arranged in closed manner as shown in the Figures 5.10 and ??. These spacers are specially located at the horizontal framing such that the lateral loads from the wave and current can be easily transferred to the piles. This can be done in three ways. TZ and QZ behaviour 81 .2 Soil Simulation Piles below seabed shall be modelled in the structural analysis to reﬂect the vertical and lateral behaviour of pile soil system. the model becomes much easier by simply specifying the cross section as a ”Composite Section” containing jacket leg. Foundation Simulation Chapter 5. This will prove a clear distance between the pile face of 2D. It is a good practice to space the centre to centre of adjacent piles at a distance of 3D where D is the diameter of the pile. this cannot be done.4. 5. the eﬀect of load on one pile will aﬀect the behaviour of the adjacent pile. SIMULATION For the case of grouted skirt piles and main piles.3 Pile Group Eﬀect The skirt piles for very large jackets normally arranged in cluster at each corner to resist the forces from gravity and environmental loads. shear area and bending stiﬀness can be calculated using the equivalent section concept and used in the analysis. This is very essential to simulate the jacket and deck deﬂections and pile stresses.5.Even with this separation. TZ and QZ Curves • Linearised Pile Stiﬀness Matrix  5. • Eﬀect Axial Capacity • Eﬀect on PY. The distance between the jacket leg and the farthest pile shall be kept to a minimum possible for fabrication to avoid unnecessary bending on jacket legs as well on the pile sleeves.4. But for the case of main pile. The issues to be looked into are two categories as listed below. • Equivalent Pile Stub • PY. The pile and jacket are two parallel members physically connected at the top of jacket by means welded connections and else where no welding but spacers are placed inside the jacket leg to provide contact points for load transfer. pile and the annulus ﬁlled with cement grout.
4.5.8: Pile Simulation for an Oﬀshore jacket 82 . Foundation Simulation Chapter 5. SIMULATION Jacket Legs Brace Skirt Sleeve Main Pile Soil Lateral Resistance Figure 5.
10: Pile Group arrangements for 8 legged platform 83 .5. Foundation Simulation Chapter 5.4. SIMULATION Figure 5.9: Pile Group arrangements for 4 legged platform Figure 5.
the weight of the member may not be calculated accurately. Typical K joint of a jacket is shown in Figure. Load Simulation Chapter 5. 5.5 5. Provision of continuous supports shall be carefully examined as it may be very diﬃcult to achieve. the contents of the piping during operation can be estimated based on length of pipes. 84 . Similarly. the equipment weight are manually entered based on VENDOR supplied information. The contents of the equipment can be calculated as below. the structural members shall be modelled as close as possible to the actual arrangement including member oﬀsets.3 Fluid Loads The ﬂuid loads are based on equipment operating weight. then the buoyancy will be either over estimated or under estimated depending on the member weight to buoyancy ratio. Otherwise.5. The weight of the equipment shall be distributed to the deck beams or plating depending the load transfer method adopted for the design of the equipment skid.5.5. 5. Wf luid = WOper − Wdry (5. Hence these equipment loads shall be distributed to the deck beams at appropriate locations based on equipment Center of Gravity (COG) as point loads. if the oﬀsets at the joints are not modelled. Only very small equipment may be placed directly on the deck plating.5. This can be applied as patch loads on the deck plating. diameters etc.5.1) where Woper and Wdry are the weight of equipment in operating and dry conditions. Especially for jacket.2 Equipment Loads Generally. piles etc shall be calculated by the program automatically based their dimensions and unit weight of material supplied.1 Load Simulation Dead Loads The dead loads of primary structural members such as deck beams. jacket legs and braces. Equipment skids may have been designed for four corner support or continuous supports. This can also be obtained from the equipment manufacturer. SIMULATION 5. This can only be estimated very approximately and large contingency shall be applied on this item. Hence in the simulation of geometry. braces.
5. 5. the drill dig will have a skid arrangement to move. This can be applied as member loads. the drilling rig is designed to be used for drilling more than one well.6 Wind Wind. drill strings. +Y. these shall be applied as point loads on the skid beams. 5. Across the other direction. The load combination factors are discussed in the earlier Chapter ”Loads”. mud tanks. This will lead to several combinations in the global inplace analysis. Normally.5. SIMULATION These loads shall be applied as member load on the deck beams. the wind load also shall be applied to the corresponding load point. The complication is due to application of wind loads on these drilling rig structure.5. Wave and Current Wind loads are normally calculated manually and applied to deck edge usually on nodes at the periphery. These equipment are also similar to the other equipment described above except that the drilling rig is not an ﬁxed equipment.5 Live Loads The live loads shall be applied on open areas not occupied by equipment or facilities. For example.5.5.4 Drilling Loads Drilling equipment include rig. X and Y will be applied manually. This arrangement will produce diﬀerent reaction on to the deck structure at each drilling location. Diagonal or nonorthogonal wind load cases can be generated from loads from orthogonal cases. Hence these drilling rings will be mounted on skid beams (part of deck with raised T sections as rails) so that the drilling rig can be moved longitudinally. Usually. Each platform may have a matrix array of wells either 3x3 or 4x4 depending on the ﬁeld development plan. The load case for 45 degree can be generated suitably using loads in +X and +Y. the loads in +X. Load Simulation Chapter 5. The distribution of these loads shall be as per the estimated overall piping COG at each deck levels. etc. Each time the drilling rig changes position. 85 . 5. There may be several load cases to cover all the well positions.
at least 12 directions shall be considered. For example. at least 8 directions shall be considered. Diagonal directions shall be selected to maximize the pile loads. if the platform geometry in plan is a square.Normally for a 4 or eight legged jacket. But if the geometry is a rectangle.5. • Wave and Current Directions . However. Manual calculation and application of these loads will lead large errors and approximations since the number of members are very high. Load Simulation Wave and Current Chapter 5. then the angle shall be the diagonal angle joining the diagonal pile groups as shown in Figure 5.5. For tripod structures. following points shall be noted in selecting various parameter for calculation. 45 degree angle will produce maximum pile load. SIMULATION The wave and current shall be simulated using software contained modules.11 • Selection of suitable Wave Theory • Hydrodynamic Coeﬃcients – CD and CM – Current Blockage Factor – Conductor Shielding – Kinematics Factor – Apparent Wave Period • Simulation of Nonstructural items – Boat Landing – Barge bumper – Walkways – Anodes – launch Runner – Skirt Sleeve Connections – Risers and Jtubes – Mudmat 86 .
5.11: Wave attack angles for platform with square and rectangular base 87 .5. SIMULATION 270o 315o L Y Single Pile or Group 225o 0o L X 180o 45o 90o 360 − θ1 + θ2 360 − θ1 L Y 0o B θ1 135o 270o 180 + θ1 + θ2 180 + θ1 θ2 Single Pile or Group X 180o θ1 θ1 + θ 2 θ1 = tan B L 90o θ2 = 180 − 2θ1 180 − θ1 180 − θ1 − θ2 Figure 5. Load Simulation Chapter 5.
5. SIMULATION 88 . Load Simulation Chapter 5.5.
Chapter 6 Inplace Analyses 6. pile loads. .D) • Load Simulation .Carry out static analysis with pile/soil interaction • Post processing of results.Simulate the geometry of the jacket as per the drawings and Basis of Design (B. 89 .1 Principle Inplace analysis can be carried out in two ways.Simulate the foundation pile and soil as per the geotechnical report • Pile/Soil Interaction .Evaluate the dynamic characteristics of the deck/jacket system and determine the dynamic ampliﬁcation factor (DAF). joint deﬂections. • Foundation Simulation . etc. • Geometry Simulation . • Pseudo Static Analysis • Wave Response Analysis The pseudo static inplace analysis can be carried out as below.Simulate the gravity and environmental loads as per weight control report and metaocean report.O.Post process the results to obtain member forces. • Modal Analysis .
• Post processing of results. • Foundation Simulation .2. • Braces . caissons and appurtenances will be modelled. • Appurtenances .Post process the results to obtain member forces.Combine the results of the gravity static analysis due to gravity loads and wave response analysis with appropriate load combination factors. These needs to accounted for both theair weight and wave load purposes. Care shall be taken to provide correct length of the CAN at the joints. modal frequencies and mode shapes • Wave Response Analysis Carry out time series wave response analysis together with the pile/soil interaction. mudmat. pile loads. Inplace Analyses The wave response inplace analysis can be carried out as per the steps below.6. • Combine Gravity and Wave Response . 6. This consist of: • Legs .O. All primary structural members.D) • Load Simulation . Member between two adjacent horizontal frames shall be deﬁned using member segments rather than additional joints. 90 . The analysis will be performed on a 3D spaceframe computer model representing the jacket. Geometry Simulation Chapter 6.Brace members shall be modelled with oﬀsets from the jacket legs.2 Geometry Simulation A 3dimensional rigid spaced frame structural computer model with all members contributing to its stiﬀness will be generated. .Jacket legs normally consists of normal sections and can section. Any eccentricities more than D/4 shall be modelled by adding additional joints.Simulate the foundation pile and soil as per the geotechnical report • Modal Analysis . walkways. anodes.Simulate the geometry of the jacket as per the drawings and Basis of Design (B. etc.Establish the dynamic characteristics of the deck/jacket system and generate modal masses. etc. risers. joint deﬂections. • Geometry Simulation .These include conductors.Simulate the gravity loads as per the weight control report and generate results of the analysis.
Inplace Analyses 6. Shielding or interaction eﬀects within the structure will be considered. These include miscellaneous pipes. at appropriate points of application on the structure. the speciﬁed current velocity proﬁle will be from seabed to the free water surface. to reﬂect the best current estimate of the structure dead weight. such as leg diaphragms. This will be used to check for maximum tension uplift force in the piles. conductor casing program.2. etc. The loads on these modules and structures will be applied accurately within the structure itself to reﬂect the actual COG of the loaded structure.2. The water particle velocities and accelerations for the design waves will be computed using Stream Function Theory in accordance with API RP 2A. For any given position along the wave proﬁle. Current and wave directions will always be assumed parallel and of the same sense. The nonstructural appurtenance dead weights will be applied as point loads at their points of attachment to the jacket. Upper and lower values of jacket weight will be evaluated for use in the load combinations.00 shall be used. drilling rig. resultant particle velocities being the vector sum of these components. pile sleeve guides and appurtenance steel will be input as additional member or joint loads. A factor of 1.2. the structure will be modelled using a combination of 91 . Wave and Current Loading Drag and inertia forces on individual members will be calculated using Morison’s Equation. The upper value of the jacket weight will include all design allowances. living quarters. joint and ring stiﬀeners. drilling support module and vent boom will be explicitly modelled.6. Where it is impractical to input these as individual point load. The weight of nonmodelled components. The other structures. Stiﬀ members to appropriate locations within the integrated deck model will connect the individual structural units for the representation of load transfer and stiﬀness simulation. the member densities will be factored up to include the weight of those items. For the initial stage of the analysis. Geometry Simulation Chapter 6. 6. The lower value of jacket weight will be the base weight.1 Simpliﬁed Topside Model The primary frame members within the deck shall be included in the substructure models in order to correctly represent the stiﬀness of the deck and the load transfer from the topsides to the jacket.2 Load Simulation Dead Load Program SACS using element areas and densities computes the dead weight of all jacket and topside structural elements.
that the values used in the detailed design analyses may well diﬀer later on when topside detail engineering becomes more advanced and information more accurate.6. Pile sleeve bottle sections will be modelled as tubular members with eﬀective section properties equal to the pile pitch circle diameter plus sleeve diameter. Geometry Simulation Chapter 6. the increase in diameter due to marine growth of both the true structural members and the equivalent wave force members will be taken into account where appropriate. Similarly. Inplace Analyses tubular structural and wave force elements. where two or more members are combined into one for the purposes of the wave load analysis.2. 1.3 Topsides Load COG Shift Envelope The topsides operating weight and COG. by implication implies. the hydrodynamic coeﬃcients will be modiﬁed to give the correct total drag and inertia response. A load case shifting the COG to each of the four extreme corners of the envelope as well as in between the extreme corners will be included in order to maximise leg loads/frame loads. The equivalent diameter will be based on the circumscribing circle. Structural elements are those elements that attract wave forces and contribute to the stiﬀness of the structure. Pile stickup of 9. An envelope within which the topsides centre of gravity is shifted will be included in the inplace analysis. The load contingency percentages are included to take care of possible weight growth. 92 . A COG shift of 1. Elements with attachments will have wave loading calculated based on the nominal member section with modiﬁed Cm and Cd values.2. including all allowances and factors will be taken from the latest topside model available at the time of the analysis and used in the jacket inplace analysis. 6. The load to be used in the Detailed Design analysis will be applied as described below.5 m east to west will be envisaged (rectangle box).0 m between north and south. Drag and inertia coeﬃcients for nontubular and/or complex geometry will be calculated using an equivalent diameter. This. Wave force elements attract wave force but are considered to possess zero stiﬀness. Wave and current forces will be computed using Morison’s equation. In the calculation of all eﬀective drag and inertia coeﬃcients.0 m will be allowed on all skirt sleeves.
Onethird increase in allowable stresses is allowed for storm load cases. Inplace Analyses 6.6 Allowable Stresses Allowable stresses for members and joints shall be taken as per API RP 2A.2.5 Maximum Wave Loads • Maximum Base Shear • Maximum Overturning Moment 6.2. 6. The minimum design water depth shall be the water depth to LAT and the maximum water depth shall include storm tide (100 year) and any surge shall also be included.2.4 Minimum and Maximum Water Depth Inplace analysis shall be carried out for minimum and maximum water depth cases.2.6. Geometry Simulation Chapter 6. 93 .
6. Geometry Simulation Chapter 6. Inplace Analyses 94 .2.
The jacket model used in the natural frequency analysis is similar to the one used in the inplace analyses. spectral fatigue analysis. Stiﬀ links will be created by applying large section properties to the link members.1 Principle Basically. preparation of a complete mass model and any alterations to appurtenance simulation necessary to minimise the number of potential spurious local vibration modes. Modiﬁcations will comprise alteration to the Foundation Model as described below. LQ and other deck equipment for mass modelling. Further. mode shapes etc for further use in the seismic analysis. Additional joints required for mass modelling are provided at the centre of gravity positions of the drilling. These joints will be connected by triangulated (pyramid form) stiﬀ links to the deck model. drilling support midule.Chapter 7 Dynamic Analysis 7. however densities should be set to zero to ensure that there are no eﬀects due to mass of these members.2 Geometry Simulation The stiﬀness model for the jacket will be developed from the inplace model with the speciﬁc modiﬁcations detailed below: The model incorporates plan framing and vertical trusses. providing overall stiﬀness simulation. the dynamic analysis is carried out to determine the natural periods. the natural period will be used for the calulation of Dynamic Ampliﬁcation Factor (DAF) for both inplace storm analysis and fatigue analysis. 95 . 7.
Added mass is the mass of water assumed to move in unison with the structural member as it deﬂects.3. a value of mass numerically equal to the mass of water displaced by the submerged member is used including marine growth where applicable. corresponding to the 100year wave height will be used to generate the linearized foundation stiﬀness. water added mass.2 Direct Input Mass The masses that are not generated by program will be calculated by hand and allocated to their appropriate centre of gravity positions at each level. Load Simulation Chapter 7. 7. All members below this depth will therefore have an added mass value. while all other members will be considered nonﬂooded. Masses will be based on the weight reports for jackets and topsides and will include the following: 96 . SACS will also calculate the water added mass of each active structural member and the mass of marine growth on it. Additional jacket mass due to the nodes will be generated by SACS based on variable sectional properties input for each member so that the total ”stick mass” and node mass add up to the overall steel mass of the jacket. Dynamic Analysis Stiﬀness matrices developed for extreme storm condition. their added masses and contained grout mass will be computed manually and lumped proportionately at the nodes of the members deﬁning the elements. ﬂooded mass and mass of marine growth for all active members (only) of the structural model. plan levels and frames. In this analysis the water depth is taken at mean sea level to be the fatigue design water depth (maximum still water depth). Contained mass is the water contained or enclosed by the submerged members. Pile sleeves. 7.1 Computer Generated Mass The SACS Program will internally compute the structural mass. The four corner legs will be ﬂooded to top of leg. For steel mass calculation.3 Load Simulation The mass model comprises the structural mass. water added mass. 7. For tubular. contained mass and marine growth.7. Members will be temporarily designated active or inactive depending on whether computer mass generation or direct input mass is required. active members of the jacket will consist of elements in the corner legs.3.3. Each mass will be calculated for a structural member and assigned equally to the joints bounding the member.
[M ]X + [K]X = 0 (7. Matrix decomposition and solution yields eigen values and eigen vectors from which the natural periods are extracted and the mode shapes of the structure plotted. Subsequently.7. 97 . The program ﬁrst assembles the overall stiﬀness and mass matrices corresponding to all degrees of freedom of the model. The consistent mass approach is adopted to generate the mass matrix. pile and grout Chapter 7. Dynamic Analysis • Entrained water and marine growth masses not generated by the program. representing each pile to provide a linear elastic approximation to the soil stiﬀness. 7. The program uses the standard HouseholderGuyans extraction technique in solving for the eigen values and eigen vectors of the reduced sets of equations for the model.4 Foundation Simulation The dynamic analysis cannot be performed together with the iterative nature of soilpile interaction.1) An eigen value analysis will be performed for the jacket model using computer program. The nonlinear soilpile system of the jacket foundation is replaced by linear foundation model obtained through Pile Soil Interaction (PSI) analysis of the SACS Program.4. Foundation Simulation • Deck Structure • Caissons and Supports • Anodes • M&E piping • Walkways • Pile sleeves.5 Solution The soultion to the following equation will give the eigen values and eigen vectors. 7. both the stiﬀness and mass matrices are reduced to have only master or retained degrees of freedom using Guyan reduction procedure. The foundation model will comprise a 6 x 6 stiﬀness matrix. At least twentyﬁve modes will be considered in this analysis.
Dynamic Analysis 7.e. 98 . The dynamic ampliﬁcation factors (DAF’S) will then be derived using the relationship for a single degreeoffreedom system. the ratio of structural period to wave period will be computed for the relevant waves.5.2) + 2 2ζTn T2 2 2 where T Tn ζ = = = Wave Period Natural period of structure (ﬁrst mode) Damping factor (5% for steel structures in water) These DAF’s will be used in the fatigue analyses and inplace analyses if necessary. i. 1 1− 2 Tn T2 DAF = (7. when the natural period exceeds three seconds.5.7.1 Dynamic Ampliﬁcation factor From the structural periods derived. Solution Chapter 7.
wave period and occurrences • Simulation of jacket structure stiﬀness and deck stiﬀness accurately and make the model simple enough to understand the behaviour. • Simulate deck and jacket mass accurately including vertical COG to determine the dynamic characteristics of the platform 99 . Structural responses and hot spot stresses are generated for each of these discrete waves. • Establish a wave scatter diagram for the ﬁeld location including ranges of wave height. The summation of fatigue damages due to these discrete wave load cases are then summed up to obtain the total damage during the life of the structure. 8. • Spectral Method.In the deterministic method.Chapter 8 Fatigue Analysis 8.1 General Fatigue analysis can be carried out using the following two methods. This transfer function is then used to generate the hot spot stresses in the joints.Spectral method uses the seastate energy spectra us used to generate the transfer function for the structural response.2 Deterministic Fatigue Analysis Deterministic Fatigue analysis of jacket involves the following steps. the seastate energy is is simulated using discrete frequencies and wave heights with corresponding number of occurrences. • Deterministic Method .
1. This information may be available for a 1 year period based on measurements at the site or may be based on numerical simulation validated with bench mark measurements. These data will give a indication of each set of waves with (deﬁnitive height and period) will occur how many times in a given period of time.3 Wave Scatter Data The wave scatter data contains the sea state information such as wave height. Wave Scatter Data Chapter 8.8. A typical wave scatter data for the middle east (Persian Gulf)is given in Table 8.3. Fatigue Analysis • Establish Dynamic ampliﬁcation factors (DAF) either using discrete approximate method or using wave response analysis • Select appropriate wave theory and generate wave loading on all the members • Compute stress range using appropriate method • Determine Stress Concentration factors for all the joints using suitable empirical equations • Establish Hot Spot stresses for the tubular joints • Select suitable SN curve for the joint conﬁguration • Determine Fatigue damage due to all the wave load cases and sum up to obtain the total fatigue damage 8. this will also deﬁne the direction of approach to the platform. 100 . wave period and their distribution over a certain period of time. at least 8 direction sectors (45 degrees each) shall be used for fatigue analysis. Further. Normally.
3. Wave Scatter Data Chapter 8. Fatigue Analysis 101 Table 8.1: Wave Scatter Data .8.
the fatigue damage will be calculated using Miner’s Rule. An energy spectral density function is constructed from the mean square of the amplitude components for each narrow band of frequency. f .4.4 8. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8. 8. Fatigue Analysis It should be noted that sometime such information may be only available with signiﬁcant wave height and zero crossing periods.8.known power spectral density approach. 8. The random sea surface can be represented in a deterministic domain by superimposing a ﬁnite number of sinusoidal components of amplitude and phase.1 Spectral Fatigue Analysis Principle The spectral fatigue analysis will consider the dynamic response of the structure to a range of wave heights covering a frequency range that includes all seastates contributing signiﬁcantly in terms of fatigue damage.1) where Sh (f ) Hs Tz f = = = = Single sided spectral density of wave amplitude (m2 unit frequency) Signiﬁcant wave height (m) Zero upcrossing period (sec) Wave frequency (Hz ) 102 .4. This shall be converted into individual maximum wave heights and peak period using appropriate factors as shown below the table. Assuming that the joint stress histories conform to a Rayleigh distribution.2 Wave Spectra Methods of fatigue analysis recognise the probabilistic nature of sea states. The response transfer functions and the seastate spectra will be used to generate stress spectra according to the well.4. The twoparameter ISSC modiﬁed PiersonMoskowitz wave spectrum will be used to represent sea surface elevation and is given by: Sh (f ) = 2 Hs Tz −1 exp (f Tz )−4 5 4π(f Tz ) π (8. and plotted against the appropriate wave frequency.
for example. In determining the water depth to use in the deterministic fatigue analysis. 8.3 Wave Theory Selection Water particle velocities and accelerations will be calculated using stream function. care will be taken to recognise that higher water particle velocities. the wave height spectra must be transformed into a series of memberend hotspot stressamplitude response spectra at each of 8 equallyspaced circumferential points around each end of each member for each sea state. Wave steepness is deﬁned by the ratio of wave height to wavelength. by the square of the corresponding ordinate of the hot spot transfer function. This transformation is accomplished by multiplying the appropriate frequency ordinate of the spectrum for the sea state under consideration. Consequently. the wavelength in metres is given by: Hd L wavesteepness = where L = 1. units of the transfer function will be.4 Wave Steepness In a fatigue analysis.56T 2 (8. However. 8. To this end.4. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8. From experience a wave steepness of 1:16 will be used for generation of wave forces.4. the selection of wave height (wave steepness) would be immaterial to the analysis.4. 103 .4. Current will be excluded from the analysis. MP a/m of wave amplitude.2) where T is the wave period and Hd is the design wave height. For small amplitude deepwater waves. Fatigue Analysis 8. result from shallower water depths. the forces are assumed to be proportional to wave height. The transfer function ordinates are deﬁned as the ratio of hot spot stress amplitude at a particular memberend circumferential point divided by the wave amplitude that generates the stress amplitude at that point as a function of frequency. The wavelength is obtained from the appropriate wave theory. and hence higher local member wave loads.8.5 Transfer Functions In order to perform a fatigue analysis. nonlinear eﬀects are present in wave force calculation due to drag inﬂuences. If this assumption were always true. the Mean Sea Level (MSL) will be used which reﬂects the longterm average of water depth.
is obviously not practical.4. If an inﬁnite number of ordinates were available. wave height equals twice the wave amplitude).4. 104 . but waves chosen based on the following criteria: Dynamics Criterion : The waves with frequencies corresponding to ﬁrst three modal frequencies will be considered.4. Minimum and Maximum Wave Height Criterion: Waves with a minimum height of 0. the Stream Function theory does result in wave proﬁles that are pure sinusoids. however. Dividing these stress ranges by onehalf of the corresponding wave height produces stress ranges for waves of unit amplitude (for sinusoidal waves. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8.25 m and a maximum wave height obtained among the fatigue wave climate will also be considered for generating transfer function. Fatigue Analysis 8. the response spectrum would be ”exact”. For this to be done.6 Selection of Frequencies The inaccuracy introduced when a transfer function is used to convert a wave spectrum is dependent on the number of frequencies for which transfer function ordinates are available. 8. Ordinates are then computed at these points and at other intermediate points. All that is really required is a suﬃcient number of ordinates to describe adequately the variation of transfer function over the frequency range of interest. selective waves of various heights but constant steepness are used to load the structure. The stress is calculated at various wave positions and the diﬀerence between the maximum and minimum stress called the stress range is determined for each wave. This. This criterion is used to locate the crests and troughs in the transfer function. the frequencies at which transfer function peaks and troughs can be expected must ﬁrst be anticipated. The relationship between the stress ranges of unit amplitude and the corresponding wave frequency for all waves considered is the transfer function. To generate a transfer function ordinate for a particular fatigue wave direction. A minimum of 8 ordinates will be considered. Leg Spacing Criterion: Certain frequencies are chosen such that the corresponding wavelengths are approximately integral (n) or half integral (n/2) multiples of the distance between legs.8.7 Stress Amplitudes As the wave proﬁle should be a pure sinusoid for the response to be interpreted as a transfer function. These waves need not necessarily be the waves from the fatigue environment.
105 . the number of cycles to failure. For a given stress range s. The expected number of cycles associated with this seastate during the design life of the structure is: n(s) = mL Tz (8.4) f 2 H 2 (f )Sh (f )df For a narrow band process.8. L is the design life of the structure and m is the fraction of the design life that this seastate prevails.4. The expected fatigue life is equal to the design life divided by the expected damage.5) where. Fatigue Analysis 8. the wave height spectral density Sh (f ) of a particular seastate is known and the transfer function Hi (f ) for the point can be calculated. then the statistical cyclic stress range (RMS cyclic stress range) at that point for this particular seastate is given as: ∞ σRM S i = 0 Hi2 (f )Sh (f )df (8.8 Fatigue Life Calculation Calculation of Stress Ranges If for the direction being considered. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8.3) Cumulative Damage calculation For every RMS stress. N(s).4. can be found from the SN curve used. TZ. the expected damage from the given seastate is given as: n(s) D= 2 σRM S i ∞ 0 s exp N (s) s2 2 σRM S i ds (8. between zero crossings with a positive slope for a stationary Gaussian process with zero mean.6) The total expected damage for all seastates during the life of the structure is the sum of the damage for each individual seastate. this is the average period or the reciprocal of the average frequency of the process. there exist an average time. Then. This period called the zero crossing period is given by: Tz = σRM S i ∞ 0 (8.
The magnitudes of these stress concentrations are dependent upon the weld proﬁle and the joint geometry.4. there exists a theoretical number of cycles N(s) at which fatigue failure may occur. Tubular Joints Several researchers for various unstiﬀened joint geometry have developed geometric stress concentrations.8.10 Stress Concentration Factors In most tubular joints. Unstiﬀened Nonoverlapping Joints SCFs will be derived from the formulae of Efthymiou for all joints.9 SN Curves For a particular stress range s. Hot spot stresses on the chord and brace sides of the chordtobrace weld are determined by multiplying the nominal stub stress by chord and stub stress concentration factors (SCFs) respectively. but those developed by Efthymiou is preferred. The API RP 2AWSD curve X applicable for normal welding and curve X applicable for proﬁle control welding. local stresses on both the stub and chord side of the stubtochord weld will be considerably higher than the nominal stub and chord stresses resulting from a global frame analysis of the structure. The following joint conﬁgurations exist. Fatigue Analysis 8. These formulae include parameter ranges within which they are said to be valid.4. Normally. The manner in which each SCF is computed is dependent on the details of the geometry of the joint under consideration. SCFs will be computed for the actual parameter values. The relationship between this number of allowable cycles and the stress range is usually expressed as an SN curve. but in these cases the joint will be the subject of special consideration.4. The maximum of those two values will be used. In many cases there is no alternative but to use the formulae outside these ranges. they are incorporated into the empirically derived SN curves. and again using values on the limit of exceeded ranges. Consequently. 106 . 8. Weld proﬁle stress concentrations result from notches in the weld and are diﬃcult to quantify explicitly using fullscale test results or ﬁnite element techniques. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8.
8.4. Fatigue Analysis Figure 8. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8.1: SN Curve [API RP2A 2000] 107 .
Spectral Fatigue Analysis Unstiﬀened Overlapping Joints Chapter 8.0 may be used only for fully backedup leg nodes when justiﬁed by ﬁnite element or acrylic model test results. SCFs less than 2. Thickness transitions will be eﬀected with a 1:4 taper on the thicker plate. 8. It will be very time consuming if every analysis has to be carried out with pile/soil 108 . Fabrications Misalignments / Thickness Transitions The Fabrication Speciﬁcation will require that all plate misalignments in excess of 10% of the minimum thickness of the plates being joined must be proﬁled to a slope of 1:4 and that smaller misalignments will be joined with a tapering weld.4.8. iv) Internally Stiﬀened Joints The SCF’s for internally stiﬀened joints will be calculated based on the Lloyd’s Register formulae.5 unless otherwise justiﬁed. overlapping joints shall be avoided wherever possible.4. the minimum SCF for stiﬀened joints is taken as 2.0.11 Foundation Linearisation The fatigue analysis involves series of structural analysis for each direction and each wave set. Similarly. the minimum axial and bending SCF for all stubs and all chords is taken as 2.5. However. Cone Transitions The geometrical SCF’s for conical transitions will be determined as below: SCFgeom = (fa + fb + fb1)/( fa + fb) where: fa = Axial stress fb = Bending stress fb1 = Secondary bending stress as deﬁned in API RP2A Section 2. Fatigue Analysis SCFs will be derived from the Efthymiou’s formulae. Minimum Stress Concentration Factors In general. for tubular node joints.
7) where Di m b Hsi Tzi Pi = = = = = = Damage of the ith seastate Slope of the SN curve Slope of loglinear wave height versus stress(Assumed = 1.4. After constructing the fatigue damage scatter diagram using the above formula. it is possible to derive a fatigue damage scatter diagram on the basis of the following: bm Di = Hsi Pi Tzi (8. the modal analysis cannot be carried out with pile/soil interaction. From the wave scatter diagram. The foundation spring stiﬀness will be derived using loads corresponding to an equivalent wave height.10) (8.8) ¯ Tz = (8. its centroid will be determined using the following equations to identify the seastate causing the most damage: ¯ Hs = Di Hsi Di Di Tsi Di (8. He . But to generate this spring stiﬀness.86Hs ¯ Td = 1.9) The deterministic design wave (Hd .8. a representative wave height and direction shall be selected that represents the fatigue seastate.80) Signiﬁcant wave height of the ith seastate Zero upcrossing period of the ith seastate Probability of occurrence of the ith seastate The above assumes a loglinear wave height versus stress relationship. Fatigue Analysis interaction.27Tz (8.11) 109 . Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8. Td ) which represents the seastate at the centre of the damage scatter diagram is usually taken to be: ¯ Hd = 1. Hence the nonlinear foundation shall be linearised and a stiﬀness matrix that corresponds to six degrees of freedom at the pile head shall be used for the analyses. Further.
8. Fatigue Analysis 110 .4. Spectral Fatigue Analysis Chapter 8.
often service boats and supply vessels have to serve the oﬀshore operation. a properly designed boat impact guard (sacriﬁcial) shall be provided. During their trips.To ensure the compliance of the damaged platform for operating (1year wave) design requirements after the boat impact.1 Impact Vessels In am oﬀshore development. 111 . These vessels during their normal approach to the platform may arrive in with normal operating speed or may arrive at accidental speed depending on the weather conditions at the time of arrival. Where such impacts are not allowed.To ensure the adequacy of the jacket leg and brace members in the splash zone such that they can absorb the energy imparted by a design vessel traveling at normal operating velocity.5 m/sec and accidental speed of 2 m/sec. API RP2A speciﬁes a operating a speed of 0. • Accidental Impact To ensure the adequacy of the jacket leg and brace members in splash zone such that they can absorb the energy imparted vessel traveling at accidental velocity. risers does not experience large deﬂection.Chapter 9 Ship Impact Analysis 9. For example. due to harsh weather conditions. The jacket legs and braces in the splash zone shall be designed of such loads to avoid premature failure and collapse of the platform. • Post Impact Strength . the risers located outside the jacket perimeter shall be protected with riser guard or riser protector and this kind of riser guard shall be located suﬃciently away (at least a 1m) so that during vessel impact. The purpose of the boat impact analysis is: • Normal Impact . it may some time drift and hit the the jacket legs or braces.
The relationship between dent depth and lateral forces causing the dent is given by the DNV curve (Furnes and Amdahl) for knifeedge contact. • Impact Global Analysis . These forces cause the following eﬀects: • Local denting of the member under the point of impact.Stage 1 of the energy absorption process covers the period from the moment of impact until the section starts yielding due to the axial 112 . equal and opposite forces are applied to the member and to the boat. which causes a local reduction in the eﬀective crosssectional area and section modulus of the member.9.2 Principle The general methodology for ship impact analysis involves the following three primary steps: • Impact LocalImpact analysis to estimate the damage to the members which are directly hit by the ship and the impact force. • Bending of the member. Ship Impact Analysis 9. In this analysis the member and joint stresses are allowed up to yield limit as this force is temporary. • Global deformation . 9. • Denting of the boat . initially elastic and subsequently. elastoplastic until a plastic mechanism form.Static analysis to ensure that the jacket will be able to withstand the impact force safely. 9. Principle Chapter 9.The force/indentation curves contained in DnV TN A202 document is used for this purpose. • Post Impact Analysis Static analysis to verify if the damaged platform can sustain the 1 year operating environmental loads.2.3 Method of Computing Impact Energy Dissipation As the boat hits any member.4 Energy dissipation by member The total energy dissipation is computed in four stages as described below by iterating on the dent depth. • Stage 1 : Elastic Beam Bending .Elastic deformation of the rest of the structure.
Energy dissipation by member Chapter 9. Stage 1 of the energy absorption mechanism ends when the sum of the axial and bending stresses at the centre of the tube is equal to the plate yields stress. Ed . causing the dent depth is calculated in accordance with the DNV curve for B/D = 0. Pd . causes a change in the bending moment distribution of the member. For a given dent depth. By iterating on the depth of dent until the formation of ﬁrst plastic hinge. is found by integration of the force over the dent and is given as.4. Eb = 0. X 3/2 t Ed = 14. • Stage 2 : ElastoPlastic Beam Bending The behaviour of the member in Stage 2 is similar to that in Stage 1. This point is found by iterating on the dent depth.2) The lateral force. the lateral force. X. The other energy absorbing components are energy due to the longitudinal strain. where. The impact is conservatively assumed to occur at midspan of the member. The equation given below approximates the DNV curve for B/D = 0: Pd = 15mp (D/t)(X/R) where mp D R t X = is the plastic moment capacity of tube wall equal toFyt24 = is the mean diameter of the tubular member = is the mean radius of the tubular member = is the thickness of the tubular member = is the dent depth (9. The moments at the ends and at the middle depend on the original moments and the rotational stiﬀness of the ends of the member.9. by a dent of given depth. Stage 2 ends at the formation of full plasticity at the dented section. 113 . δ is the lateral displacement of the member centre line. The energy associated with the formation of the ﬁrst plastic hinge is calculated in the same way as in Stage 1. Pd . the end of Stage 2 is found. X. The energy absorbed by the bending deformation is given by.14mp (9.1) The energy absorbed.5Pd δ (9. Ship Impact Analysis load and moments at the dented section. B is the central length of the dent and D is the mean diameter of the member.3) Where. global structural transitional energy and ship distortion energy.
9. The displacement of the braces on gridline 1 shall be limited to prevent damage of the conductees. • Post Impact Strength Analysis 114 .6 Structural Strength During Impact The strength of jacket immediately after impact is a static inplace analysis without any environmental loads. Rupture of the brace being impacted and consequently penetration of the boat within the jacket shall be prevented by limited the tension strain to 10%. structure distortion and ship deformation energy. Energy Dissipation by Overall jacket deﬂection • Stage 3 : After Formation of First Hinge Chapter 9. All the computations involved in the above four stages of energy absorption process are incorporated in the IMPACT program. The energy absorption at this stage is due to the triangulation eﬀect of longitudinal strain. But the impact load at the point of impact shall be considered and the global strength of the jacket including piles shall be evaluated. then the absorption mechanism enters Stage 4. Ship Impact Analysis This phase of energy absorption process continues until a 3hinge mechanism is formed. For a given dent depth.9. • Stage 4 : After Formation of ThreeHinge Mechanism At this stage.5 Energy Dissipation by Overall jacket deﬂection Energy absorbtion by global deﬂection of the structure shall be included in the calculation of total energy of absorbtion. it is assumed that no further dent growth occurs and the dent has absorbed all the energy it is capable of. If the energy absorbed at the end of Stage 3 is less than the impact energy of the ship.5. the energy computations are continued over the four stages till the full ship impact energy is absorbed. Starting from Stage 1. 9.7 Push Over Analysis Post impact analysis can be classiﬁed in to following three categories. 9. the lateral force is found. The deﬂection at the centre of the beam is calculated assuming that the dent force is carried by the two cantilevers.
8. if required. The lower bound ultimate capacity formula for axial load. Obviously. The analysis will be performed using the full nonlinear structural model described in Section 3. at this stage.02) will be used to carry out the analyses. The ultimate capacity formulas are the same as the API RP2A nominal load formula except that the factor of safety of 1. This is to ensure the structure is able to function as normal for some period of time so that any repair needs to be carried out due to the impact. Push Over Analysis • Post Impact Redundancy Analysis Chapter 9. 115 . Push Over analysis is carried out to check the global integrity in terms of collapse behaviour. The analyses will be conducted by ﬁrst applying the dead loads and the buoyancy loads. Rebound (unloading) analysis will be carried out as this impact load is removed. and then incrementally increasing a concentrated force at the point of impact until either instability in the model is achieved or the resisting strain energy of the structure greatly exceeds the speciﬁed impact energy. inplace and outofplane bending moment in API RP2A (Ref 3. The ﬁnite element program ABAQUS 4. based on the modiﬁed Riks method (see Ref 3. and the remainder of the structure will be computed at each incremental step of the analysis which will eﬀectively produce a history of the energy distribution as a function of the impact force.9.7. The ultimate axial and bending moment capacity of the jacket tubular joints will be checked to see that they have suﬃcient capacity to carry the maximum brace loads from the abnormal environmental condition and the accidental ship impact conditions. Ship Impact Analysis Post impact strength analysis is carried out to check the structure against 1 year environmental loads with all gravity loads. Geometric nonlinearity will be included and the loaddisplacement curves will be obtained using the automatic increment options. The energy response from the structure will be used in an energy balance relationship to proportion the levels of energy dissipated by the substructure and the vessel. However.12) will be adopted for the joint strength checks. this will give the ﬁnal displaced shape of the structure which could be used as the initial point for the postimpact pushover analysis. ABAQUS uses full NewtonRaphson iteration to determine the nonlinear response of the platform. the structure is checked for stresses against allowable stresses as per API RP 2A.02).9 (Ref 3. The impact load will be determined at which the sum of the strain energies of the structure and vessel equals the kinetic energy of the supply ship. the elements used to model the impacted member. Energies associated with the two nonlinear springs (representing the energy absorptions due to local deformation of the vessel and jacket). the structure need not be designed for 100 year storm loads.7 is removed.
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