The OCEANWHEEL Artificial Island

by Mark E. Capron, Oceanwheel, Camarillo, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Arctic Offshore


The compression rim and tension spoke structural system (OCEANWHEEL) transfers lateral loads from sea surface to seafloor efficiently. It promises a wide variety of uses beyond the described Arctic platform. A simple structural model illustrates the force transfer mechanisms. The model permits quick estimates of member strength required to resist a variety of loads for most configurations. The example structure combines OCEANWHEEL and hydrostatically supported sand columns in an offshore Arctic production platform for 75m (250 ft) water depth. Its design load is 270K tonnes (300K tons).

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Offshore structures | Load factors | Seas and oceans | Load transfer | Underwater structures | Islands | Arctic

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