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Thursday, February 9th

Introduction of research project

Structural performance evaluation of an offshore plant structure aims to analyze causes of potential breakage and damage to a plant that may occur throughout its life cycle (from design, building, decommissioning to removal), and to assess the plant’s structural safety.

In general, an offshore plant is built with an anticipated life cycle of 20 years, and it is highly important to secure structural safety and reliability during its construction as the plant is built and operated at a specific area of the seas, which makes it difficult to maintain and repair in case of an accident (ship collision, erosion damage, mooring line shear, buckling, flood and drift, etc.) or breakdown. In addition, structural safety evaluation for novel designs is becoming more and more important nowadays as an increasing number of offshore plants are being built in deep seas rather than in shallow seas.

In particular, research and tasks involving structural safety evaluation of offshore plants are being performed mostly by offshore plant design and engineering specialists in Europe and the US, and their monopoly of the market with their track record and vendor list limitation make the entry barrier for Korean firms very high. Against this backdrop, research institute-led development of Korea’s own source technology is anticipated to help prevent loss of foreign currency reserves and gain huge added value.