Ocean Engineering Equipment and Technology ›› 2014, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (1): 3-13.

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Global Structural Strength Analysis Methodology of a Typical TLP

Yang LI, Zhong-min SHI, Bin XIE, Wen-hui XIE   

  1. CNOOC Research Institute, Beijing 100027, China
  • Received:2014-01-22 Online:2014-01-30 Published:2017-08-12


We focus on the global structure strength analysis of a typical tension leg platform (TLP). The objective of the TLP global structural analysis is to check the hull global structural integrity under design environmental conditions. Firstly, a global finite element model of the entire TLP is established, the hull structure is modeled in detail, whilst the deck structure is represented through a simplified deck beam model. A hydrodynamic analysis for operation and extreme conditions is conducted to get the design wave parameters for critical wave loads. After that, wave loads are mapped to the global structure finite element model, and the tendons are modeled as spring element which represents 6 degrees of freedom and rotations. Finally, the maximum stress and its distribution trends, together with the control elements, are obtained by finite element analysis according to critical wave heading, wave periods, wave heights and wave positions. Results and the TLP analysis method proposed can be used as reference for strength analysis of other offshore platforms.

Key words: tension leg platform, global structural strength analysis, extreme conditions, finite element model, wave heading

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