International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2569

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of time elapse after wave hitting on coupled Spar platform

A. B. M. Saiful Islam1, Mohammed Jameel and Mohd Zamin Jumaat
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 April 2011
  •  Published: 04 June 2011


Oil and gas exploration has moved from shallow to much deeper water now-a-days. Offshore compliant floating structure like Spar platforms in this region are competent deep water platform. As water depth increase operational Spar platforms experience more influence of mooring lines suggestively. So the motion analysis of platforms in deep waters requires counting the mooring upshot with spar hull. The most common approach for solving the dynamics of Spar platform is to employ a decoupled quasi- static method, which ignores all or part of the interaction effects between the platform and mooring lines. Coupled analysis in the present study includes the mooring lines and platform in a single model. This model can cope with the coupling conduct and match the forces, displacement, velocities and acceleration at the fairlead position along with all possible significant nonlinearities. The output from such analyses is essentially platform motions as well as a mooring line response. In actual field problems hydrodynamic loads due to wave and currents act simultaneously on Spar platform and mooring lines. In this finite element model, the entire structure acts as coupled in consistent manner. This offshore Spar platform model has been analyzed in regular wave of ocean environment. Surge, heave and pitch motion responses of coupled Spar platform is obtained after 1000 and 6000 s of storm. The behaviors of dynamic responses have been evaluated as noteworthy even for time elapse after wave hitting.
Key words: Deep-water structure, oil and gas exploration, offshore compliant floating, Spar platform, nonlinearities, ocean environment, mooring lines, coupling , time elapse, motion responses, wave hitting.