Learning Lab

Offshore Floating and Production Wind and Current Loading

Offshore Floating and Production Wind and Current Loading

Host Info

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Phillips
Name
Duncan Phillips
Position
Global Practice Leader | Principal
Email
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Kilpatrick
Name
John Kilpatrick
Position
Practice Area Leader - Wind Loading | Principal
Email
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Schedule

Date:
March 30, 2021
Time:
12:00 PM, Sydney Time (GMT+11)
Duration:
60 min

Abstract

Designing fixed offshore structures and floating units involves complex engineering and poses significant scientific challenges. Correctly predicting the environmental forces at play –wind and current loads - is critical in the design and engineering stage and effects a range of factors including stability, fatigue, mooring, dynamic positioning, and towing resistance. Accurately calculating loads is vital to ensuring safe operation throughout the design life of an offshore facility. The methods used - ‘building block’ approaches, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Wind Tunnel testing - will be highlighted, with advice provided as to when each should be considered. Case studies will showcase the value of detailed studies and consultation throughout the design lifecycle.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn when to consider the effects of wind and current loads on fixed offshore structures and floating units
  • Gain an understanding of the physics of air and water movement and how this affects design and engineering
  • Discover the various tools and methods used to determine the effects of wind and current loads
  • Gain an appreciation for applicable guidelines and the research and development going on in the sector

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