This paper presents a full long term analysis of a TLP extreme tendon tensions using the all seas approach, and its comparison to the results estimated by the contour line approach.
The analysis of the TLP tendon tension response is performed in the time domain using a coupled model where the floater is modelled in the software SIMO, while the tendon system is represented by a Finite Element Model in RIFLEX, including therefore the effects of non-linear restoring from the tendon system and bending and deformations of the tendons. The characteristic tendon tensions with q-annual probability of exceedance are estimated from a full long term analysis where both the short and long term variability are considered. These results are then compared to those obtained through the long term estimate from the contour line approach when assuming the 90th percentile for the worst sea state with q-annual probability of exceedance.
The results from the full long term analysis will allow us to verify the adequate percentile level to be used with a contour line approach when estimating extreme TLP tendon tensions.