Assessment of seismic risk for subsea production systems in the Gulf of Mexico

by Brown, Laura Ann

Abstract (Summary)
The number of subsea production systems placed in deepwater locations in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has increased significantly in the last ten to fifteen years. Currently, API-RP2A (2000 a,b) designates the GOM as a low seismic zone, and thus does not require seismic effects to be considered during the design process. However, there have been a number of seismic events with Richter magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.9 that have occurred in this region. As a result, questions have been raised regarding the seismic performance of deepwater subsea systems. This thesis presents an analytical parametric study where a prototype subsea structure was selected based on a survey of subsea systems. The baseline analytical model consisted of a single casing embedded in soft clay soils, which supported a lumped mass at a cantilevered height above the soil. A number of the model characteristics were varied in the parametric study to simulate the structural response of a range of subsea structures. This thesis discusses the impact of API-RP2A Zone 1 and 2 design seismic demands for the performance of subsea structures. The results from the subsequent analyses show that the stresses and deflections produced by the Zone 1 and 2 peak ground accelerations fall within the allowable limits.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Hueste, Mary Beth; Bracci, Joseph; Murff, J. Don; Scott, Stuart

School:Texas A&M University

School Location:USA - Texas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:seismic risk earthquake subsea gulf of mexico


Date of Publication:12/01/2003

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