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Title: Acoustic emission monitoring of fatigue crack growth in mooring chains
Authors: Angulo, Á
Tang, J
Khadimallah, A
Soua, S
Mares, C
Gan, TH
Keywords: structural health monitoring;;acoustic emission;;mooring chain;;fatigue crack growth;;structural integrity
Issue Date: 28-May-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 2019, 9 (11)
Abstract: Offshore installations are subject to perpetual fatigue loading and are usually very hard to inspect. Close visual inspection from the turret is usually too hazardous for divers and is not possible with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) because of the limited access. Conventional nondestructive techniques (NDTs) have been used in the past to carry out inspections of mooring chains, floating production storage and offloading systems (FPSOs), and other platforms. Although these have been successful at detecting and assessing fatigue cracks, the hazardous nature of the operations calls for remote techniques that could be applied continuously to identify damage initiation and progress. The aim of the present work is to study the capabilities of acoustic emission (AE) as a monitoring tool to detect fatigue crack initiation and propagation in mooring chains. A 72-day large-scale experiment was designed for this purpose. A detailed analysis of the different AE signal time domain features was not conclusive, possibly due to the high level of noise. However, the frequency content of the AE signals offers a promising indication of fatigue crack growth.
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