Simulated Fatigue Damage Index on Mooring Lines of a Gulf of Mexico Truss Spar Determined from Recorded Field Data
Kiecke, Adam Fuller
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The Constitution Truss Spar, operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC), is located in Green Canyon Block 679 and 680 in a water depth of 1,500 m. It was installed in October of 2006 and has since weathered multiple hurricanes and other storms. The platform is equipped with an Environmental Platform Response Monitoring System (EPRMS) which records real-time motions, environmental parameters and loads. These measurements were used to hind-cast the platform mooring tensions and estimate fatigue damage index accrued over the short life (install to start of study, July 2010) of the platform. The study found that extreme events such as Hurricane Ike (~100 yr storm) accounted for considerably higher fatigue damage index than the total caused by other small storms likely to occur in the 20 year service life of the vessel. It is therefore a recommendation of this study that a design criterion for fatigue damage accrued during extreme events such as 100 yr hurricanes be considered in the design of station keeping systems in a similar manner to the guidelines found in API RP 2T (2010) for design of tension leg platforms.