Accession Number : ADA325936

Title :   Conceptual Study of Articulated Stable Ocean Platform. Part 2. Volume 4.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 29 Oct 95-27 Nov 96,

Corporate Author : MCDERMOTT ENGINEERING HOUSTON LLC TX

Personal Author(s) : Mills, Trevor R. ; Ran, Zhihuang

PDF Url : ADA325936

Report Date : 06 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 400

Abstract : A conceptual study has been completed to evaluate the feasibility of a new concept of a floating storage platform - the Articulated Stable Ocean Platform (ASOP). The unique aspects of the ASOP is the articulation of the stabilize buoys which were introduced for the purposes of reducing wave load and overall vessel motion. The ASOP was designed to have a fuel storage capability of 1 million barrels and to support a topside up to 12,000 kips in total weight. The fuel storage tanks were designed in such a way that the draft of the platform would remain unchanged at any loading condition without adjusting the ballast. The study shows that the ASOP has adequate stability and satisfies the stability requirement of the certifying authorities. Both numerical analysis and model test showed that the ASOP offers exceptional motion response characteristics in all its degrees of freedom. In terms of platform motion response, the ASOP is capable of operating in more severe weather conditions than a conventional surface vessel type platform. A seven body (six buoys and the hull) coupled motion analysis in ocean environment was performed and results in general agreed with the model test. However, both numerical analysis and model tests showed that the articulated buoys have no clear advantage over fixed buoys in the global motion of the ASOP. The reduction of forces by using articulation did not significantly improve the motion of the platform. The study also indicated that the introduction of articulations complicated the hydrostatic stability of the platform. Damaged stability was the governing factor in determination of the size of the articulated buoys. In conclusion, this conceptual study indicated that the fuel storage ASOP is a viable concept. Its large storage capability and exceptional motion characteristics allow many applications both in civil and military purpose.

Descriptors :   *FUEL TANKS, *OFFSHORE STRUCTURES, *FLOATING PLATFORMS, HIGH FREQUENCY, OCEAN WAVES, PITCH(MOTION), SHIP MOTION, HYDROSTATICS, TABLES(DATA), STORAGE TANKS, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, LOW FREQUENCY, BUOYS, SEA TESTING, BALLAST, STABILIZED PLATFORMS.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE