Reliability Analysis of Offshore Structures Using the Virtual Distortion Method

by Fereidoun Abbassian, BP Research Cent, United Kingdom,
Jacek T. Gierlinski, BP Research Cent, United Kingdom,
Jan Holnicki-Szulc, BP Research Cent, United Kingdom,
Richard C. Turner, BP Research Cent, United Kingdom,
George M. Zintilis, BP Research Cent, United Kingdom,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract: This paper describes a new and efficient methodology for structural reliability analysis applicable to offshore jacket structures. The proposed methodology uses the Virtual Distortion Method (VDM) to model nonlinear structural behaviour during progressive collapse which is then used in conjunction with a multi-phase algorithm for reliability assessment.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Offshore structures | Distortion (structural) | Nonlinear analysis | Progressive collapse | Structural failures

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