Finite element analysis of tubular joints in offshore structures

  • S O Abuodha Part Time Lecturer, Department of Civil and structural Engineering , Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, P.O. Box 6200, Nairobi Kenya
  • F M Burdekin Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Instate of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 88, Manchester, England. M60 1QD


This research work was involved in the finite element tool to determine the ultimate strength of initially uncorked joints, which fail by development of tearing fracture at the weld toe. The local approach methodology in contrast to classical fracture mechanics was used. Finite element analysis was done of T-joint plate geometries, representing a 2-D model of the joint between the brace and the chord walls. This was subsequently followed but finite element analysis of six tubular joints. A global analysis was initially undertaken, then the submodel analysis carried in the areas of stress concentration.

Journal of Civil Engineering, JKUAT (2001) Vol 6, 105-116

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