This work investigates numerically two different methods of moments applied to Hermite derived probability distribution model and variations of Weibull distribution fitted to the short-term time series peaks sample of stochastic response parameters of a simplified jack-up platform model which represents a source of high non-Gaussian responses. The main focus of the work is to compare the results of short-term extreme response statistics obtained by the so-called linear method of moments (L-moments) and the conventional method of moments using either Hermite or Weibull models as the peaks distribution model. A simplified mass-spring system representing a three-legged jack-up platform is initially employed in order to observe directly impacts of the linear method of moments (L-moments) in extreme analysis results. Afterwards, the stochastic response of the three-legged jack-up platform is analyzed by means of 3-D finite element model. Bias and statistical uncertainty in the estimated extreme statistics parameters are computed considering as the “theoretical” estimates those evaluated by fitting a Gumbel to a sample of episodical extreme values obtained from distinct short-term realizations (or simulations). Results show that the variability of the extreme results, as a function of the simulation length, determined by the linear method of moments (L-moments) is smaller than their corresponding ones derived from the conventional method of moments and the biases are more or less the same.

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