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Wave induced stress profile on a paired column semisubmersible hull formation for column reinforcement

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/07/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Engineering Structures
Volume143
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)77-90
Publication statusPublished
Early online date13/04/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A study into reinforcing the hull of the recently developed paired column semisubmersible platform has been carried out by understanding the stress profile around its columns from hydrodynamic interaction during survival and extreme weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. The conceptualization of this hull system is to enable dry-tree technology on semisubmersibles for deep-sea exploration. Its hydrodynamic response behaviour has been confirmed to be compatible with this technology, although its size and high steel requirement are of major disadvantage. Preliminary CFD study has showed an unusual flow behaviour within and around the hull due to its unique column arrangement. This behaviour creates an unusual hydrodynamic pressure profile on the hull, dominated by the wave parameters. Numerical models were developed using ANSYS and AQWA to compute the stress distribution on the columns from this unique uneven hydrodynamic pressure. The boundary conditions for the FE-model were formulated using hydrostatic stiffness theories and hydrodynamic response plots developed in Orcaflex. The results have showed high stress concentration on the inner columns. For operating conditions (low wave amplitude), the wave propagating direction was observed to have little or no effect on the column stress distribution. Significant effect of the wave propagating angle was observed as its amplitude gradually increases. Results for topside and deck mass effect on the stress distribution on the columns also suggested high stress distribution around the joint area of the inner columns for extreme and survival weather conditions, irrespective of the flow orientation.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Engineering Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Engineering Structures, 143, 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.04.013