Extreme wave and wind response predictions

Jørgen Juncher Jensen, Anders S. Olsen, Alaa E. Mansour

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The aim of the paper is to advocate effective stochastic procedures, based on the First Order Reliability Method (FORM) and Monte Carlo simulations (MCS), for extreme value predictions related to wave and wind-induced loads.Due to the efficient optimization procedures implemented in standard FORM codes and the short duration of the time domain simulations needed (typically 60–300s to cover the hydro- and aerodynamic memory effects in the response) the calculation of the mean out-crossing rates of a given response is fast. Thus non-linear effects can be included. Furthermore, the FORM analysis also identifies the most probable wave episodes leading to given responses.Because of the linearization of the failure surface in the FORM procedure the results are only asymptotically exact and thus MCS often also needs to be performed. In the present paper a scaling property inherent in the FORM procedure is investigated for use in MCS in order to reduce the necessary simulation time. Thereby uniform accuracy for all exceedance levels can be achieved by a modest computational effort, even for complex non-linear models. As an example extreme responses of a floating offshore wind turbine are analyzed taking into consideration both stochastic wave and wind-induced loads.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number17-18
Pages (from-to)2244-2253
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Out-crossing rate
  • Critical waveepisodes
  • FORM
  • Monte Carlosimulation
  • TLP
  • Offshore windturbines
  • Conditional stochasticprocesses


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