There is a need to establish a consistent design analysis procedure for time-domain mooring calculations. Why?
- Mooring standards are interpreted and applied in different ways.
- The inherent reliability implied by the safety format is not known.
Analysis methodology and calibrated safety factors for mooring lines in ULS (intact), ALS (damaged) and FLS (fatigue) as a function of the target probability of failure. Calibration based on time-domain analyses for a range of environments and mooring systems: Haltenbanken, GOM and Brazilian environments
- Small and large MODUs, turret and spread moored FPSOs and large production semis
- Chain and wire systems and polyester systems
- Water depths: 150, 350 and 1,500 m
We have shown that the results and deliveries from Phases 1 and 2 (ULS and ALS) can give the industry more cost-effective mooring systems without jeopardizing the safety level:
- The reliability levels implicit in existing standards are documented
- Today’s safety factors can be reduced for time-domain analyses
- Safety factors and analysis methodology are interlinked - detailed guidance will be given for both the time domain and frequency domain
For FLS: We believe there is a further potential for cost optimization by improving the FLS code check through Phase 3.