Optimal Inspection Planning for Fatigue Damage of Offshore Structuresby H. O. Madsen, Danish Engineering Acad, Denmark,
J. D. Sorensen, Danish Engineering Acad, Denmark,
R. Olesen, Danish Engineering Acad, Denmark,
Abstract: A formulation of optimal design, inspection and maintenance against damage caused by fatigue crack growth is formulated. A stochastic model for fatigue crack growth based on linear elastic fracture mechanics is applied. Failure is defined by crack growth beyond a critical crack size. The failure probability and associated sensitivity factors are computed by first-order reliability methods. Inspection reliability is included through a pod (probability of detection) curve. Optimization variables are structural design parameters, inspection times and qualities. The total expected cost of design, inspection, repair and failure is minimized with a constraint on the life time reliability.
Subject Headings: Inspection | Cracking | Fatigue (material) | Stochastic processes | Offshore structures | Failure analysis | Structural design
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