Capacities of Template-Type Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico During Hurricane Andrew

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R. G. Bea, K. J. Loch, P. L. Young

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Department of Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 119(1), 1-7 (Feb 01, 1997) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829039 History: Received October 16, 1995; Revised February 27, 1996; Online December 17, 2007


This paper details results from nonlinear analyses of the ultimate limit state performance characteristics of four Gulf of Mexico (GOM) platforms subjected to intense loadings from hurricane Andrew. These four platforms were located to the east of the track of hurricane Andrew, and were thus in the most intense portion of the storm (Smith, 1993). The nonlinear analyses are able to replicate details of the observed behavior of the four structures. This replication is very dependent on realistic characterization of the performance characteristics of the pile foundations and on accurate information on the “as is” condition of the platforms before the storm.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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