DESIGN ANALYSIS AND FULL SCALE PROTOTYPE TESTING OF AUGER TLP'S 9-5/8" TLP PRODUCTION RISER WELD-ON CONNECTOR

The design, analysis, and full-scale prototype testing of a special threaded connector for use on the Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP) 9-5/8" x 0.435" wall production risers is summarized in this paper. A flush-bore production riser connector with internal and external metal-to-metal seals, a resilient seal between the external metal-to-metal seal and the external torque shoulder, radial thread interference, and high resistance to fatigue was developed. Finite element analyses and full-scale static, sealability, and fatigue tests verified that the connector satisfied all design requirements. The full-scale fatigue tests verified that the design fatigue curve and fatigue life prediction procedure used yield conservative results and that the fatigue life of the connector greatly exceeds the girth-weld. Consideration of manufacturing methods and tolerances along with gauging, in the early states of the design, resulted in a cost effective connector.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • OTC 95, 27th Annual Offshore Technology Conf; 1-4 May 1995; Houston, Tx, USA. Procs. Vol 3, ppr 7823, p 185 [10 p, 10 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Fox, S A
    • Smith, J D
    • Asbill, W T
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00727823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM