Advanced Marine Technology: Stable Floating Platform Project.
Final rept. 15 Dec 68-31 Dec 73,
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CALIF ADVANCED OCEAN ENGINEERING LAB
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The study developed designs and demonstrated techniques for coupling large platform sections together at sea. Most recent investigations of feasibility of construction at sea of a large airfield, e.g. 6000 feet long, have employed a barge to haul stable column legs, cross members and associated coupling equipment to a construction site, flip with load from horizontal to vertical, then separate and, finally assemble with the barge in vertical mode serving as a work vehicle part of the platform. Two major conclusions are drawn from the investigations First that assembly in the open ocean of large floating platforms employing stable columns or spar buoys is feasible Second, the flippable barge employed in most recent large platform construction has considerable potential as an ocean engineering support vehicle. Modified author abstract
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