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Hi-Tech assisted a leading offshore equipment manufacturer in developing the tower design, considering the effects of wind and hydrodynamic loads through computer aided analysis.

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    Structural Assessment of Tower

    Subjected to Wind and Wave Loads

    The design of offshore structures is arguably one of the

    most complicated tasks for engineers. Apart from

    withstanding land-based loading conditions, offshore

    structures also have to withstand hydrodynamic interaction

    effects arising due to its placement in ocean environment.

    Additionally, the effect of wind loads also impacts the overall

    strength of the structure.

    Hi-Tech assisted a leading offshore equipment

    manufacturer in developing the tower design, considering

    the effects of wind and hydrodynamic loads through

    computer aided analysis.

    To quantify the system performance characteristics

    under the influence of loads generated due to wind

    and hydrodynamic loading

    Offshore Structure Manufacturer, Australia

    Benefits

    =Assessed the structure design under wind and

    hydrodynamic loading conditions

    =Reduced the number of physical test trials required

    =Identified critical stress regions in bolts and brackets

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    Challenges:

    =

    loading conditions to evaluate structural

    integrity of the tower

    =Evaluating the bracket and rail supports based

    on the stress results obtained for the complete

    tower

    Determining different hydrodynamic and wind

    Solution:

    A detailed three-dimensional (3-D) finite element

    (FE) computer model was constructed for Structural

    analysis of the tower system. The analysis was

    performed to determine structural integrity and

    performance characteristics of the tower system

    under different hydrodynamic and wind loading

    conditions. The results indicated that the structure is

    safe under the applied loading conditions with

    satisfactory Factor of Safety.

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    A 3-dimensional finite element analysis was performed to

    evaluate the structural integrity of the tower system under

    given loading conditions. From the results of structural

    analysis load cases, reactions were obtained at the bracket

    supports and rail supports, which were further used to

    simulate for local analysis of rails and brackets.

    The results indicated that the structure is safe under the

    applied loading conditions with satisfactory Factor of Safety.

    Author: Mehul PatelCFD Consultant

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