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HYDRODYNAMIC LOADS ON OFFSHORE STRUCTURES DURING SUBSEA BLOWOUTS

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Date Issued:
1985
Summary:
The plume resulting from a subsea well blowout alters the environmental loading on a floating platform which is directly above the well. Horizontal ocean currents deflect the plume and may create a more severe loading on the structure. During the early stages of a blowout the "starting plume" induces forces of a different magnitude on the structure. A preliminary experimental study, investigating the transient loads induced by starting plumes and the effects of currents on blowout plumes, was conducted. The results of the experiments showed that the forces involve significant fluctuations which are quite different from the average values. The normal forces induced by starting plumes were slightly greater. Horizontal currents caused an increase in the moment acting on the structure. This is of considerable importance as moments, when coupled with the situation of flooded decks and compartments, may cause the structure to sink.
Title: HYDRODYNAMIC LOADS ON OFFSHORE STRUCTURES DURING SUBSEA BLOWOUTS.
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Name(s): RAJIV, PAKANATI V. S.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Su, Tsung-Chow, Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1985
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 80 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The plume resulting from a subsea well blowout alters the environmental loading on a floating platform which is directly above the well. Horizontal ocean currents deflect the plume and may create a more severe loading on the structure. During the early stages of a blowout the "starting plume" induces forces of a different magnitude on the structure. A preliminary experimental study, investigating the transient loads induced by starting plumes and the effects of currents on blowout plumes, was conducted. The results of the experiments showed that the forces involve significant fluctuations which are quite different from the average values. The normal forces induced by starting plumes were slightly greater. Horizontal currents caused an increase in the moment acting on the structure. This is of considerable importance as moments, when coupled with the situation of flooded decks and compartments, may cause the structure to sink.
Identifier: 14267 (digitool), FADT14267 (IID), fau:11077 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1985.
Subject(s): Offshore structures--Hydrodynamics--Experiments
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