Articulated offshore tower with universal joints in the intermediate level leads to a multi-hinged configuration that can be used for a variety of deep water application. They are flexibly linked to the sea-bed by a universal joint and comply with the oscillatory environmental loads causing large fluctuating seismic demands at the articulating joints. This paper investigates the dynamic response and the reliability assessment of articulated joint (s) of such structures under seismic sea environment. The analysis includes the influence of sea bed shaking on the water-particle kinematics by using Californian earthquakes. The sea state is characterized by DNV version of Pierson Moskowitz spectrum. The dynamic equation of motion is derived using Lagrangian approach, taking into the account the nonlinearities associated with structure and loads. A limit-state function for seismic demand for a universal joint has been derived. Using the derived limit-state function and the responses obtained after time-domain seismic analysis, reliability assessment of the articulated joint has been carried out, using efficient MPP-based probabilistic methods. Design point, important for probabilistic design of articulated joint, located on the failure surface has been worked out. Stochastic sensitivity analysis has been performed to assess the relative importance of design parameter on the stochastic response of articulated joint.

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