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Offshore support structure design

Offshore support structure design

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The load and response analysis discussed in this chapter largely focuses on the assessment of structural responses of installed ORE devices. There are also important design considerations which are related to marine operations (such as installation and maintenance) and to the calculation of the structural resistance. Installation methods and costs can have significant consequences on the design of ORE substructures. For example, optimization of the weight of components and how high they need to be lifted needed storage area in a shipyard, ability to fit within available dry docks, and possibility of using available vessels for installation work may be more important than substructure optimization with respect to steel weight. Over the lifetime of a substructure, the costs of access and maintenance may be significant, and designs which allow for easier inspection or require less maintenance may be favored over designs which are less expensive to construct but more difficult to maintain. With respect to structural resistance, it is important to note the particular challenges related to corrosion in the marine environment. Designers must account for possible reductions in steel thickness due to corrosion through structural design (cathodic protection or coatings). ORE devices with significant dynamic motions near the free surface-implying surfaces which are at times submerged, at times dry, and also subjected to sea spray-may experience different corrosion rates compared to more static offshore structures.

Chapter Contents:

  • 7.1 Offshore support structures
  • 7.1.1 Bottom-fixed support structures
  • Gravity-based structures
  • Monopiles, jackets, and tripiles
  • 7.1.2 Floating support structures
  • Spar platforms
  • Semisubmersible platforms and barges
  • Tension leg platforms
  • Mooring systems
  • 7.2 Support structure design
  • 7.2.1 Initial design
  • Scaling of wind or current turbines
  • Scaling of wave energy converters
  • 7.2.2 Loads and load effects
  • Permanent loads
  • Variable loads
  • 7.2.3 Short-term and long-term design analysis
  • Short-term analysis
  • Long-term analysis
  • 7.2.4 Design standards, guidelines, and other considerations
  • ORE design standards
  • Other design considerations
  • References

Inspec keywords: renewable energy sources; design engineering; maintenance engineering; corrosion protection; inspection; structural engineering; supports; condition monitoring; steel; offshore installations; corrosion protective coatings; stress effects; corrosion resistance; marine engineering

Other keywords: structural resistance; cathodic coatings; steel thickness; maintenance; dry docks; ocean renewable energy; offshore support structure design; structural responses; sea spray; cathodic protection; ORE substructures; ORE devices; marine operations; corrosion; inspection; shipyard; steel weight; response analysis; load analysis

Subjects: Inspection and quality control; Surface treatment and coating techniques; Design; Maintenance and reliability; Other structures; Engineering materials; Power and plant engineering (mechanical engineering)

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