In analysis of the removal of offshore jackets an important failure mode is buckling. In current practice, a buckling check involves manual determination of the buckling lengths of each frame member. It is estimated that 5 to 10% of the man-hours in structural analysis of removal projects is spend on checking and correcting buckling lengths. Fortunately, an alternative method is available that does not require determining buckling lengths. In this paper it is shown how this method can be derived from the NORSOK standard for tubular steel frame structures. The method is demonstrated in a removal analysis of an offshore jacket. It is concluded that this method can be successfully applied.

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