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SESS6070 Offshore Engineering & Analysis

Module Overview

This module examines the design and analysis of offshore structures such as those used in obtaining resources from the ocean. It addresses the general engineering concepts that are fundamental to offshore engineering, such as types of sites and platform structures, key engineering systems, platform decommissioning, and environmental monitoring. The module also introduces analytic and numeric methods for predicting the wind, wave and current loads on these structures and station-keeping methods.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Having successfully completed the module, you will be able to: • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how offshore systems and operations, including infrastructure planning and decommissioning, differ from those of conventional ship or yacht systems. This is transferrable to renewable energy harnessing systems as well. • Appreciate different methods of formulating fluid-structure interactions for a variety of distinct situations. • Explain and demonstrate use of analytic and numerical analysis to assess the quality of design solutions and hence their value in engineering applications.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The background on fossil fuel extraction processes such as drilling, gas extraction, and reinjection.
  • The pros and cons of different approaches to offshore systems and solutions throughout the life cycle of the structure.
  • The underpinning principles of fluid-structure interaction and the loading of different offshore structures.
  • The principal issues related to the selection of alternative methods of analysis and the modelling of novel offshore scenarios in shipping, oil & gas production offshore and alternative offshore energy extraction.
  • The different ways in which offshore systems can affect the environment and methods to monitor these.
  • The scientific & engineering analysis needed to design and assess novel systems and devices.

Syllabus

• General Overview of offshore operations • Extracting resources & physical scales • Types of offshore structures • Hydrostatics and wave/body dynamics laboratory • Offshore planning and development • Engineering systems • Decommissioning and environmental monitoring • General FSI framework • Waves and inertial-based fluid loading • Currents and viscous-based fluid loading • Station keeping

Special Features

• Laboratory testing the response of structures in waves • Overview of engineering offshore structures from cradle to grave • Analysis methods for fluid structure interaction

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Tutorials and coursework (including numerical tasks). • Laboratory demonstration of offshore related structure undergoing particular scenario Learning activities include • Directed reading/independent learning • Example sheets for problem solving exercises • Report-writing for the assignments • Extending FSI analysis provided in lecture notes including computer based analysis.

TypeHours
Tutorial12
Revision30
Lecture24
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Follow-up work36
Wider reading or practice12
Completion of assessment task21
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Resources and the reading list will be available on blackboard.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Referral Method - All students must re-submit the required coursework by a deadline specified by the Faculty. Students may re-submit the original coursework if they wish, in which case they should make it clear to the Student Office that this is what they have done and the original mark for the coursework will then be carried over.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 15%
Coursework 15%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%
Laboratory 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 15%
Coursework 15%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%
Laboratory 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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