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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 and their influence on offshore design and systems. [AHEP3 learning outcomes SM1,SM3,SM8,P1,P2]
  • The engineering and computational analysis needed to design and assess novel offshore systems and devices. [AHEP3 learning outcomes SM1,SM2,SM5,SM7,EA6,EA6M,D10,D11]
  • The underpinning principles of fluid-structure interaction applied to a broad range of offshore structures, including new sustainable technologies. [AHEP3 learning outcomes SM2,SM4,EA5,EA6,EA6M]
  • The acquisition of laboratory data; computational statistical analysis of data; and development of informed design arguments in a group setting.[AHEP3 learning outcomes SM2,P3,D10,G1]
  • The different ways in which offshore systems can affect the environment, industry constraints on these, and monitoring methods. [AHEP3 learning outcomes EL8,EL11,P6,P9,P10]

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. • Lecture notes/slides including case study and analysis examples • Laboratory experiment of offshore related structures in waves Learning activities include • Directed reading/independent learning • Problem solving exercises using worksheets • Report-writing for the assignments • Coursework include analytic, numeric, and data analysis tasks

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

Resources & Reading list

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

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Referral Method - 100% exam.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%
Laboratory 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

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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