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EN441: Ocean Engineering Structures I

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EN441: Ocean Engineering Structures I (3-0-3)

Structural design considerations for fixed ocean structures. Design techniques including matrix methods and finite element analysis are introduced. Boundary conditions, wave effects, foundations, loading, and material considerations are studied.


  1. To analyze indeterminate and determinate structural systems using the direct stiffness method (matrix analysis).
  2. To determine environmental (wave, current, and wind) loading on structures in the marine environment.
  3. To incorporate computer-based structural analysis software in the analysis/design of offshore structures.
  4. To incorporate API design guidelines in the analysis/design of offshore structures.


  • EM217, Strengths of Materials

Class Topics

  1. Introduction to Offshore Structures
  2. Fundamental of Matrix Algebra
  3. Direct Stiffness Method – Springs, Trusses, Beams, and Frames
  4. Environmental Loading – Waves, Wind, Current
  5. Introduction to API Design
  6. Introduction to Computer-Based Structural Analysis
  7. Analysis/Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms
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