Many accidents that occur on offshore structures, especially explosions, are extremely hazardous. Violent explosions can have serious consequences for health, safety, and the marine environment. The topsides of offshore platforms are the most likely areas to be exposed to hazards such as hydrocarbon explosions. Therefore, profiled barriers are being increasingly used as blast walls in offshore topsides modules to provide a safety barrier for personnel and critical equipment.

The aim of this study is to develop a practical procedure for the nonlinear structural response analysis of corrugated blast walls under explosion. Within the framework of quantified risk assessment and management of offshore installations, more refined computations are required to assess the consequences or hazardous action effects of explosions.

In addition, appropriate guidance will be presented on the use of the finite element numerical tool for the above purpose. The structural response has been computed using commercial nonlinear finite element analysis (NLFEA) code and the results compared with the single degree of freedom (SDOF) method. The relationships between blast pressure and the impulse of corrugated blast walls are developed. This study’s insights into modeling techniques and procedures will be applicable to the explosion risk assessment of offshore structures.

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