Course Title: 
Design of Offshore Structures
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Postgraduate (PG)
School of Engineering

'Design of Offshore Structures' is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

Introduction to Wave Mechanics – Wave generation by Wind - Small Amplitude Wave Theory ; Formulation and solution, Wave Celerity, Length and Period, Classification of waves based on relative depth, Orbital motions and Pressure - Standing waves - Wave trains and Wave energy - Wave reflection, Wave refraction and Wave diffraction - Breaking of waves. Types of wave theories and its applications Types of offshore structures and conceptual development - Analytical models for jacket structures - Materials and their behaviour under static and dynamic loads - Statutory regulations - Allowable stresses - Various design methods and Code Provisions - Design specification of API, DNV, Lloyd's and other classification societies - Construction of jacket and gravity platforms. Operational loads - Environmental loads due to wind, wave, current and buoyancy - Morison's Equation - Maximum wave force on offshore structure - Concept of Return waves - Principles of Static and dynamic analyses of fixed platforms - Use of approximate methods - Design of structural elements. Introduction to tubular joints - Possible modes of failure - Design aspects as per API Code for tubular joints - Fatigue of tubular joints - Fatigue behaviour - S-N curves - Palmgren-Miner cumulative damage rule - Corrosion - Corrosion mechanism - Types of corrosion - Offshore structure corrosion zones – Biological corrosion - Preventive measures of Corrosion - Principles of cathode protection systems - Sacrificial anode method and impressed current method – Online corrosion monitoring - Corrosion fatigue. Case studies on fixed platform construction and its erection.

  • Essentials of Offshore Structures, D. V. Reddy and A. S. J. Swamidas, CRC Press, 2013.
  • Construction of Marine and Offshore Structures, B.C Gerwick, Jr., CRC Press, Florida, 2007.
  • Offshore Structural Engineering, Dawson, T. H., Prentice Hall, 1983.
  • Planning, Designing and Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms, API RP 2 A., API., 2000.
  • Planning & Design of fixed offshore Platforms, McClelland, B and Reifel, M. D., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1986.