Mars Tension Leg Platform - use of scale model testing in the global design Conference Paper uri icon


  • In the global design, sizing and analysis process for the Mars Tension Leg Platform, scale model testing methods were used extensively. Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic scale model test programs for the preliminary configuration of the Mars TLP were carried out. In each case a numerical model of the physical model was used to relate the measured responses to numerically computed responses. The wind tunnel and towing tests served as calibration points for a comprehensive wind, wave and current model test program of a dynamic scale model of the Mars TLP. The results of the model tests were used to calibrate and supplement the numerical modeling procedures and global design recipes. These procedures were in turn applied in the final sizing and detailed global analysis of the as-built configuration of the Mars TLP.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Mercier, R. S., Schott, W. E., Howell, C. T., Denison, E. B., Gopalkrishnan, R., & Ekvall, A.

complete list of authors

  • Mercier, RS||Schott, WE||Howell, CT||Denison, EB||Gopalkrishnan, R||Ekvall, AGC

publication date

  • December 1997