With the publication of the ABS Guide for Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures (2003) and the Commentary to the Guide for the Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures (2004), application of the Fatigue Design Factor (FDF) is highlighted in fatigue assessments of offshore structures. Following review of FDF’s in available Rules/Guides from other authorities, FDF’s applied in the ABS Guide is presented and quantified with a corresponding safety level thus helping the user to relate FDF’s to estimated failure probability levels.

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