Development of Fatigue Design Standards for Marine Structures

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Inge Lotsberg

DNV GL, Veritasveien 1, 1322 Høvik, Norway

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041993 History: Received December 25, 2017; Revised June 09, 2018


Fatigue design standards for offshore structures became needed with development of offshore structures in harsh environments like the North Sea during the 1970s. The need for fatigue design of ship structures became increased as more high strength steel was being used in these structures during the 1970s. New types of structures and structural components have been developed like tension leg platforms, floating production platforms and support structures for wind turbines. These structures are subjected to significant dynamic loading such that fatigue design becomes the main issue and relevant fatigue design standards are needed. This paper gives an overview of the development of fatigue design standards for marine structures over the last 40 years.

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