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Statistical Analysis of Stress Histories for Fatigue Damage Design of Floating Fish Cages


by Paul E. Thomassen, Ph.D., (corresponding author), (Student, Dept. of Marine Technology, Norweigan Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. E-mail: paul.thomassen@ntnu.no) and Bernt J. Leira, (Professor, Dept. of Marine Technology, Norweigan Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. E-mail: bernt.leira@ntnu.no)

Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Vol. 138, No. 1, January/February 2012, pp. 30-41, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000114)

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Abstract: Floating fish cages provide the main production utilities for salmon farming. However, despite their pivotal role in production safety as well as in protection of the environment, much room exists for further development in relation to verified structural design procedures and computerized tools for structural analysis. In this paper, a statistical analysis of stress range histories is presented and compared with results from rainflow counting. The study is based on a structure being applied by the Norwegian fish farming industry today. The floater is made of steel cylinders configured as a square. The fatigue design analysis is based on time domain analysis of the structure in irregular waves. The statistical properties of the stress range histories are investigated using Weibull plots, histograms, damage plots, and, finally, estimation of short- and long-term distributions and evaluation of its applicability in relation to simplified methods. The Rayleigh distribution and the two-parameter Weibull distribution are applied. A visual inspection of the short-term Weibull plots indicates a quite good fit, and the shape parameter is typically between 0.6 and 0.8. However, a closer inspection of the histograms shows that the process seems to be a combination of a high-frequency/low stress range level process with a Weibull shape parameter h<1 and a low-frequency/high stress range level process with a Weibull shape parameter h>1.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Fatigue
Damage
Fish management
Structural analysis

Author Keywords:
Fatigue damage analysis
Floating fish cage
Time domain analysis