Fatigue Design Recommendations for Conical Connections in Tubular Structures

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Inge Lotsberg

DNV GL, Veritasveien 1, 1322 Høvik, Norway

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4040800 History: Received December 25, 2017; Revised July 02, 2018


Conical connections are important structural members for the integrity of most types of welded tubular structures. They are for example used in traditional jacket structures for oil and gas production and in monopiles for support of wind turbines where an optimal design is aimed for. From contact with the industry it is noted that there is uncertainty about the basis for the stress concentration factors for conical connections in design standards for fatigue assessment. This is related to how fabrication tolerances are accounted for and how a transition in thickness from the cone to the tubular or the cylinder should be made to minimise stresses due to thickness transitions and fabrication tolerances. Analytical expressions for stress concentrations at conical transitions are outlined in this paper to get a better understanding of the effect of thickness of the cone and the cylinder. By a proper basis for fatigue design it is possible to control additional stresses from thickness transitions and fabrication tolerances at these connections.

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