Fatigue occurs in structures due to the stresses from cyclic environmental loads. Offshore environmental loads being highly cyclic and recurring in nature, fatigue analysis with high degree of accuracy is required for reliable and optimized design of offshore structures. The main aim of this paper is to automate the process of identification of fatigue critical tubular joints of an offshore jacket structure using deterministic fatigue analysis with emphasis on the Hot Spot Stress Range (HSSR), an important measure in estimating fatigue damage, calculated using three different approaches for each tubular joint. The first approach determines HSSR at the time of maximum base shear of the jacket, the second, by calculating the difference between maximum and minimum Hot Spot Stress (HSS) and the third, at all time-instants of the wave cycle. Thus fatigue damage and fatigue life of the tubular joints are estimated using the highest HSSR value and the joints with lower fatigue life are identified as fatigue sensitive joints. This ensures effective identification of critical tubular joints of the offshore jacket structure which needs detailed investigation or redesign for fatigue. The deterministic approach discussed in this paper is applicable to large jackets which contains more number of tubular joints where sophisticated fatigue assessment at the preliminary stage is computationally intensive and manual identification of fatigue critical joints is laborious.

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