Reliability-based design optimization of an FPSO riser support using moving least squares response surface meta-models

Chang Yong Song, Jongsoo Lee, Joon Mo Choung

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The paper deals with the reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) of a riser support installed on a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit under operation, extreme, damaged, and one line failure cases and installation loading conditions. The optimization problem is formulated such that probabilistic thickness variables described with random characteristics are determined by minimizing the weight of the riser support structure subjected to stress constraints for the given target reliability. The initial design model is generated based on actual FPSO riser support specifications. The finite element analysis is conducted using NASTRAN, and the probabilistic optimal solutions are obtained via the moving least squares method in the context of RBDO using a response surface meta-model. For the meta-modeling of the inequality constraint functions of stresses, a constraint-feasible moving least squares method (CF-MLSM) is adopted in the present study. The CF-MLSM has been shown to ensure constraint feasibility regardless of the nonlinearity of the constraint function, the feasible bounds, and the random characteristics during the meta-model-based RBDO process. The solution results from the proposed RBDO strategy present improved design performances under various riser operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-318
Number of pages15
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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