OCEAN TEST STRUCTURE PROGRAM

Present total wave force estimates on space-frame structures are based on interpretations of single-pile force measurements using simplified theories. Industry design practices which result are regarded by many as conservative based on the available data. Exxon Production Research Company has designed as ocean test structure for the purpose of acquiring benchmark data which can be used to evaluate present design force calculation procedures and to refine those procedures. Based on the resulting data, industry could move away from costly conservatism where it exists, and in any case possess a more quantitative basis for setting required platform strength levels. The test structure will provide a replica of flow conditions encountered in design level seastrain reduced scale--about 1/3 to 1/6 the size of full-scale oil and gas platforms. The planned measurements will permit direct comparison between actual and predicted forces on the structure under conditions simulating design wave loading for any continental shaft area.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 123-132

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  • Accession Number: 00136360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OED-V 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1976 12:00AM