Design estimates of surface wave interaction with compliant deepwater platforms Academic Article uri icon


  • The extreme behavior of surface waves as they encounter and pass compliant deepwater platforms is an important class of problems for offshore engineers attempting to specify the platform deck elevation. In this study analytical expressions for the probability density and cumulative distribution functions that utilize empirical coefficients in an attempt to accurately model surface wave runup and airgap problems are presented. The analysis focuses upon interpreting the tails of the measured data histograms using two parameter Weibull distribution models. The appropriate empirical constants, assumed to be solely dependent upon the significant wave height, were evaluated and compared for all the test data. Based upon a small select set of data, for a mini-TLP and two Spar platforms, the airgap problem was found to be adequately modeled using a Rayleigh distribution. Further, for the seven seastates analyzed, the Weibull shape parameter was nearly constant and the data confirmed that the exclusive fit of the scale parameter assuming dependence only on the significant wave height was a reasonable approach for modeling the wave runup. Finally, by combining these models with a Poisson return model for each storm the associated reliability estimates for various deck heights were estimated. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Niedzwecki, J. M., van de Lindt, J. W., Gage, J. H., & Teigen, P. S.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Niedzwecki, JM||van de Lindt, JW||Gage, JH||Teigen, PS

publication date

  • August 2000