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EG503M: OFFSHORE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19


Course Overview

This course provides a detailed understanding of design considerations for components to be used in offshore environments, especially in terms of materials selection, qualification, standards and testing. Reasons for failure and the application of failure analysis in design will be studied. The course will be focussed on offshore steel structures relating to traditional energy applications; however, the fundamental knowledge gained can also be applied to structural integrity assessments in other marine applications including ships, submarines and offshore renewables.This course provides a detailed understanding of design considerations for components to be used in offshore environments, especially in terms of materials selection, qualification, standards and testing. Reasons for failure and the application of failure analysis in design will be studied. The course will be focussed on offshore steel structures relating to traditional energy applications; however, the fundamental knowledge gained can also be applied to structural integrity assessments in other marine applications including ships, submarines and offshore renewables.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Amir Siddiq

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Engineering (EG)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to provide knowledge of materials engineering and selection and failure and degradation issues in an offshore environment, including life cycle analysis; to understand and to apply the relevant design standards and selection guidelines; and to provide a detailed understanding related to fault finding and integrity management.

 Course Syllabus

  1. Principles of materials selection
  2. Materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes
  3. Degradation processes – corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion
  4. Failure processes – fracture and fatigue
  5. Inspection techniques
  6. Integrity management procedures

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Coursework (30%)

2x timed online test (35% each)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the principal materials used in offshore applications such as marine renewables and the subsea extraction of oil and gas
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the design and integrity issues associated with the use of materials in different offshore applications and environments.
ProceduralApplyLearn to apply industrial standards to the selection of materials for offshore applications and understand the implications of material choices for testing and component acceptance.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate fundamental designs and integrity related problems, looking for defects, causes of degradation and failure, while having an awareness of the potential consequences of failure.
ProceduralApplyApply common fault-finding techniques and integrity management procedures in the context of offshore integrity.
ProceduralCreateContribute to detailed component design and integrity assessments for structures used in a marine environment.

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