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dc.contributor.advisorGhali, Amin
dc.contributor.authorMorsy, Usama Abd-Elmoaty
dc.date.accessioned2005-07-29T22:03:12Z
dc.date.available2005-07-29T22:03:12Z
dc.date.issued1995
dc.identifier.citationMorsy, U. A. (1995). Non-linear finite element modelling of dynamic loads on offshore structures (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/15646en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0612031160en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/29630
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 243-252en
dc.description.abstractStructures utilized for the exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources in ice-covered water are by nature expensive and complex. Molikpaq, Gulfs Mobile Arctic Caisson, is one of such structures which was used successfully to drill in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. During one deployment of the caisson, it was subjected to ice interaction events resulting in critically large dynamic loads. Various models have recently been developed to describe the interaction between moving ice sheets and structures. While these models show considerable promise to adequately describe the problem, they do not provide a full description of the process nor have they yet met the challenge of modelling actual interactions. The main objective of this study is to develop a detailed non-linear finite element model which is capable of predicting the dynamic loading on offshore structures due to the movement of ice against them, and to study the behaviour of such structures under these dynamic effects. Molikpaq is taken as a study case in this work. The complete model consists of three major components: The structural model for the steel caisson and the sand core, the moving intact ice sheet, and the interaction between them. The structural model is developed using the sub-structuring technique to model the complicated steel caisson, while the sand core is modelled using simple three dimensional isoparametric elements. Continuum damage mechanics is employed to model the behaviour of the moving intact ice. A new finite element is developed to model the interface between the structure and the ice sheet. The element has two components: one to model the deformation and damage accumulation in the intact ice nearest to the structure, and one to model the extrusion of the pulverized ice between the intact ice and the structure. Details of the model components, and the parameters which affect them most, are explained in detail. The complete model is used to simulate some actual recorded events. It accurately predicts the loading and the structural response. The behaviour of the structural elements under these loadings is analyzed.
dc.format.extentxx, 262 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subject.lccTA 347 F5 M67 1995en
dc.subject.lcshFinite element method
dc.subject.lcshStructural dynamics
dc.subject.lcshStrains and stresses
dc.subject.lcshOffshore structures
dc.subject.lcshDrilling platforms
dc.titleNon-linear finite element modelling of dynamic loads on offshore structures
dc.typedoctoral thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/15646
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePhD
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccTA 347 F5 M67 1995en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 991 520538301


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.