Design and Hydrodynamic Analysis of a New Concept of ETLP

Huang, Weiping (Ocean University of China) | Yang, Chaofan (Ocean University of China) | Xu, Bo (Ocean University of China)

OnePetro 

ABSTRACT

In this paper, a new concept of ETLP has been proposed. It is composed of four square columns and a ring pontoon which is consisted of four box beams. The new platform has lesser blocks and welds compared to ETLP, so it can be built at a lower cost and in a shorter construction period. Meanwhile, the pontoon extensions in the new platform is part of pontoons, therefore, the fatigue problem in the welds at the root of extensions in ETLP is solved. A hydrodynamic analysis is conducted to prove the structure’s dynamically stabilities. The results showed the new design has a reasonable hydrodynamic characteristic.