A team of experts from TWI hosted a free one-day mooring chains workshop for Industrial Member companies to gain an insight into recent and current research on the topic of mooring chains.
The workshop, which took place earlier this year in Aberdeen, proved a great success, with delegates from some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world in attendance, ranging from operators and classification bodies to academics and regulators.
Proceedings were opened by David Galbraith, TWI’s oil and gas industry sector manager, who explained that the day’s key objective was to present current and future technological developments and facilitate discussions on the technical challenges faced by industry.
Operational experience with mooring chains was first on the agenda, with keynote presentations from Farshid Fardi and Francois Pelleter of Lloyd’s Register presenting their thoughts. Other highlights of the day included presentations from TWI’s experts on the development of ultrasonic techniques for in-situ inspection and monitoring, fatigue crack growth rates of mooring chain steels in seawater, finite element analyses of mooring chain links, fatigue performance of mooring chains in seawater, and methodologies for implementing structural health monitoring and in-service inspection of mooring chains.
The facilitated discussion at the end of the workshop highlighted key technical challenges faced by industry. The workshop highlighted the need for more information on inspection and testing, modelling and analysis, materials, and verification and classification.
Feedback reflected that the workshop was a valuable event that provided crucial insight into industry needs.
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