A study on the Local Joint Flexibility (LJF) of two-planar tubular DK-joints in jacket structures under in-plane bending loads

Ahmadi, Hamid ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6192-6275 and Nejad, Ali Ziaei (2017) A study on the Local Joint Flexibility (LJF) of two-planar tubular DK-joints in jacket structures under in-plane bending loads. Applied Ocean Research, 64. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0141-1187


In the present paper, results of a parametric study conducted on the Local Joint Flexibility (LJF) of two-planar tubular DK-joints under In-Plane Bending (IPB) loads are presented. DK-joints are among the most common joint types in jacket substructure of Offshore Wind Turbines (OWTs). A total of 324 finite element (FE) analyses were carried out on 81 FE models under four types of IPB loading in order to investigate the effect of the DK-joint’s geometrical parameters on the LJF factor (fLJF). Based on the results of parametric study, the factors leading to the LJF reduction were introduced. Generated FE models were verified using the existing experimental data, FE results, and parametric equations. The effect of the weld profile was also considered. The fLJF in two-planar DK- and uniplanar K-joints were compared. Results indicated that the effect of multi-planarity on the LJF is quite significant and consequently the use of the equations already available for uniplanar K-joints to calculate the fLJF in two-planar DK-joints may lead to highly under-/over-predicting results. To handle this issue, the FE results were used to derive a set of parametric equations for the prediction of the fLJF in IPB-loaded two-planar DK-joints. The proposed equations were checked against the acceptance criteria recommended by the UK DoE and can be reliably used for the analysis and design of tubular joints in OWTs.

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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 03:03
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local Joint Flexibility (LJF), Two-planar tubular DK-joint, Jacket substructure
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4015 Maritime engineering > 401504 Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 17 ENERGY > 1708 Renewable energy > 170808 Wind energy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apor.2017.02.002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50256

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