A method is proposed to estimate the stochastic response of compliant offshore platforms with geometric nonlinearity based on non-Gaussian closure. For guyed towers with clump weight, the nonlinearity in stiffness is of the softening type. The random wave loading is expressed in terms of a rational spectrum. The combined load-structure system is thus Markovian. Using Ito's rule for stochastic differentiation, differential equations for moments up to the fourth order are developed. The system of equations is closed by considering the fifth and sixth cumulants to be zero. The stationary response is obtained by solving the system of nonlinear algebraic equations. It is observed that the Gaussian closure method is inadequate for defining the complete probabilistic characteristics of the response.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1987|
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