Application of Fracture Mechanics Methodology to Assessment of Weld Defects in Offshore Platforms

by T. M. Hsu, Chevron Oil Field Research Co, La Habra, United States,
E. W. Carter, Chevron Oil Field Research Co, La Habra, United States,
S. L. Fu, Chevron Oil Field Research Co, La Habra, United States,
J. S. Mitchell, Chevron Oil Field Research Co, La Habra, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Oceans V

Abstract: This paper demonstrates an application of both deterministic and probabilistic fracture mechanics methods to assess weld defects in an offshore platform. The results of the assessment are then used to recommend a future inspection schedule with a uniform reliability for the platform.

Subject Headings: Cracking | Welding | Defects and imperfections | Probability | Offshore platforms | Inspection | Structural reliability

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