The efficiency of some recently developed integration schemes, namely, Hilber’s ∝-method, collocation schemes and large time step integration schemes developed by Argyris, is evaluated by applying them to the response analysis of an idealized offshore tower. The tower is fixed at the base, having an additional mass at the top. For the analysis the tower has been modeled as an assemblage of 2-D beam elements. The dynamic degrees of freedom at each node are taken as those corresponding to the rotational and sway degrees of freedom. Using the normal mode theory the equations of motion have been decoupled except for the generalized loading vector which appear nonlinearly coupled, thus requiring iterative solution at every time step. The results of the study show that the large time step integration schemes developed by Argyris are more efficient than other integration methods considered here.

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