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Transportation Analysis
Preparation
Create a directory for the transportation analysis. Copy the deck model file sacinp.deck and
the seastate input file seainp.lift from the lifting analysis directory into the transportation
directory, and make the directory as the current working directory.
General Information
A complete transportation analysis includes the following parts:
1. Gap analysis for dead load: In this static analysis only dead loads are applied on the deck
structure. The deck structure is supported by four vertical supports.
2. Tow analysis: The tow analysis for transportation inertia loads only. The structure is
supported by four vertical supports and all tie-down members.
3. Combine analysis: Combine the results from the above two analyses to generate a
combined common solution file.
4. Post processing: Perform member code checks and joint can checks, and create the
postvue database.
Modifying model file sacinp.deck to add tie-down members
It is assumed that all vertical support can members will be effective during deck load-out
and tow, and all tie-down members will be effective only during tow.
1. Add joints S105, S205, S305, and S405 2.0m above the deck leg bottom joint 601L,
602L, 603L, and 604L; add joints S106, S206, S306, and S406 1.0m below the above
deck leg joints. Set up the fixity for joints S106, S206, S306, and S406 as 111000.
2. Add member with group name of GAP from joints S106, S206, S306, and S406 to the
deck leg joints 601L, 602L, 603L, and 604L. The member properties are OD = 42.0 in
and THK = 1.5 in.
3. Add joints T101, T102, T103, and T104 about X = 2.0m, Y = 2.0m away from joint
S106; add joint T201, T202, T203, and T204 about X = 2.0m Y = 2.0m away from joint
S206; similarly add joints T301, T302, T303, and T304 around joint S306, and add joints
T401, T402, T403, and T404 around joint S406. Set up the fixity for all tie-down joints
T101 to T404 as 111000.
4. Add members from joint T101 to S105, T102 to S105, T103 to S105, and T104 to S105.
Similarly add members from joints T201, T202, T203, and T204 to joint S205; add
members from joints T302, T302, T303, and T304 to joint S305; add members from
joints T401, T402, T403, and T404 to joint S405. The member group name is SEA, and
the group properties are OD = 12.75 in and THK = 0.5 in.

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5. Specify member group GAP as compression only gap elements, and specify member
group SEA as no load gap elements.

6. Perform joint connection automatic design to offset all tie-downs to the surfaces of jacket
legs for joints S105, S205, S305, and S405.
7. Add weight combination MASS, which includes weight groups of AREA, EQPT, and
MISC. Save the file and keep the name as sacinp.deck.

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Revise the seastate input file to contain dead load only


1. Open the seastate input file seainp.loadout and change it to as below.

LDOPT
NF+Z1.0280007.849000
FILE B
LOAD
LOADCNDEAD
INCWGT MASS
DEAD
DEAD
-Z
END

-79.50

0.0GLOBMN

CMB

M BML

2. Save the file and name it to seainp.dead.


Create tow input file TOWINP.TRAN
Tow options need to be set to MN units and center of motion have the following
coordinates
X = -75.0 m, Y = 3.5 m and Z = 4.5 m
Weight combination group MASS is selected by using INCWGT line for inertia load
generation.
Tow input file includes motions of 20.0 degree roll @ 10 seconds period, 10 degree pitch
@ 15 seconds period, and the heave acceleration of 0.2 G.
There are totally 8 load cases will be created using MOTION line, see below.
Load case
+R+H:
-R+H:
+R-H:
-R-H:
+P+H:
-P+H:
+P-H:
-P-H:

Discription
+
+
+
+
-

Roll + Heave
Roll + Heave
Roll - Heave
Roll - Heave
Pitch + Heave
Pitch + Heave
Pitch - Heave
Pitch Heave

The gravity is only included in the lateral forces only. All eight load cases only contain
the transportation inertial forces, no dead load included.
The tow input file generated shall looks like following:

TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS SAMPLE


TOWOPT MN
OR
-75.00
INCWGT MASS
MOTION+R+H 20.0 10.0
MOTION-R+H-20.0 10.0

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3.50

4.5XYZ
0.2
0.2

L
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MOTION+R-H 20.0 10.0
MOTION-R-H-20.0 10.0
MOTION+P+H
10.0 15.0
MOTION-P+H
-10.0 15.0
MOTION+P-H
10.0 15.0
MOTION-P-H
-10.0 15.0
END

-0.2
-0.2
0.2
0.2
-0.2
-0.2

L
L
L
L
L
L

Create a gap input file GAPINP.TRAN to override the tie-down members


A gap input file, gapinp.tran is going to be used in tow analysis to override all no-load
tie-down members to standard members.
Define members with group ID of SEA as standard members for the above 8 load cases.

GAPOPT
LCGAP +R+H
LCGAP -R+H
LCGAP +R-H
LCGAP -R-H
LCGAP +P+H
LCGAP -P+H
LCGAP +P-H
LCGAP -P-H
END

0
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST
INC ST

MN 600 0.00001
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA
GRP SEA

Gap analysis for Dead Load only


The analysis runfile is set-up as below.

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In this analysis only vertical support cans are effective. All tie-downs are No-Load GAP
elements and they are not taking any load. Since all no-load gap elements were defined in
the model file, there is no need to use a gap input file.
A common solution file gapcsf.dead is created in the analysis. It will be used in the
combine analysis later.
Tow analysis to create the transportation inertial loads
The runfile is set-up as below.

A gap input file is used to redefine no-load tie-down members into standard members in
order for all tie-down members to take the transportation forces.
Another common soltion file saccsf.tran is created in the analysis. This common solution
file will be combined with the one created in the first analysis for post processing.
Combine the analysis results from the first two analyses
1. Create a combine input file
A combine input file is required to perform the combine analysis. In the combine
input file the following info is included:

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it is defined that the DEAD load case from gap analysis for dead load only
will be combined with each of the transportation load cases to create eight
combined load cases C001 ~ C0008.
The common solution file from gap analysis for dead load only is designated
to be the primary file and the common solution file from transporation
analysis is designated as the secondary file.

The combine input file is named as cominp.tow. It is shown below.

CMBOPT
LCOND C001
COMP PDEAD
COMP S+R+H
LCOND C002
COMP PDEAD
COMP S-R+H
LCOND C003
COMP PDEAD
COMP S+R-H
LCOND C004
COMP PDEAD
COMP S-R-H
LCOND C005
COMP PDEAD
COMP S+P+H
LCOND C006
COMP PDEAD
COMP S-P+H
LCOND C007
COMP PDEAD
COMP S+P-H
LCOND C008
COMP PDEAD
COMP S-P-H
END

LIN

LIN

LIN

LIN

LIN

LIN

LIN

LIN

1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0

2. Perform the combine analysis


Combine input file:
Primary SACS common solution file:
Secondary SACS common solution file:

cmbinp.tow
gapcsf.dead
saccsf.tran

Created SACS combined solution file:

cmbcsf.tow

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The combine analysis results are listed at the bottom of this document.
Post processing
1. Member code checks

A post input file contains OPTIONS line to define the member code check
options and report options; LCSEL line to specify the analysis load cases,
UCPART line to define the untiy check ranges, and AMOD line to input the
allowable stress modifers for each load case.
The post input file is shown below.

OPTION
EN
UC
2 2
DC C
PTPT
PT PT
LCSEL IN
C001 C002 C003 C004 C005 C006 C007 C008
UCPART
0.5 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0300.0
AMOD
AMOD
C001 1.333C002 1.333C003 1.333C004 1.333C005 1.333C006 1.333C007 1.333
AMOD
C008 1.333
END

Set up the member code check runfile


Analysis type:
Post Precessing
Analysis subtype:
Code Check
Click <Edit Element Check Options> and change Use Post Input File to Yes

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SACS common solution file:

cmbcsf.tow

The following picture shows the runfile for member code checks.

Listing file pstlst.tow contains the analysis results.


2. Joint can code checks

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Copy the joint can input file from the Static Analysis directory to the current
directory, and rename it to jcninp.tow.
Set up the joint can check runfile
Analysis type:
Post Precessing
Analysis subtype:
Tubular Connection Check
Joint can input file:
jcninp.tow
SACS Common solution file:
cmbcsf.tow

Listing file jcnlst.tow contains the analysis results.


3. Postvue database creation

Set up the runfile for Postvue database creation


Analysis type:
Post Precessing
Analysis subtype:
Generate Postvue Database
Click <Edit Graphical Post Processing Options> and change Use Post Input
File to Yes

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Post processor input file:


SACS model file:
SACS common solution file:

pstinp.tow
sacinp.jkt
cmbcsf.tow

Postvue database directory psvdb.tow is created and the listing file pvilst is empty if there
is no error in the analysis

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