Floating Offshore Structures
Floating structures - of either a ship-like or other form – are the only real choice when the water becomes real deep and one must work from the sea surface. Floating structures can also be a good choice when only a temporary presence at a location is needed - to drill an exploration well or to install other offshore facilities, for example.
Many forms of floating structures have been developed over the years. Ship-like forms remain attractive when speed is important. A semi-submersible or spar platform can be more stable in waves, however.
The core curriculum for floating offshore structures consists of 3 subjects totaling 13ECTS. Including this into the offshore core curriculum gives 88ECTS including the thesis. This leaves 32ECTS for elective courses. The core floating offshore structures subjects are as follows:
- Floating Structures & Offshore Moorings - 6ECTS
The course provides an introduction to floating structure types used in the offshore oil, gas and renewables industry and an introduction to mooring systems for floating structures.
The goal of this course is to familiarize the students with analysis techniques used in research and in the industry.
Central to the course are the equations of motions and the stochastic character of input (waves) and responses for single and multibody systems.
- Dynamic Positioning - 3ECTS
The objective of this course is to familiarize the participants with the aspects of dynamic positioning: position measurement, control theory and thruster selection. The students participate in teams designing dynamic positioning systems for a variety of offshore and subsea engineering applications.
- Structural Dynamics - 4ECTS
The goal of this course is to introduce various dynamic models of structures and to acquaint the students with the main ideas and methods of structural dynamics. The course prepares students to carry out dynamic response computations on structures that have distributed masses.