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The course will give an overview of different types of ocean structures that are deployed in sea for exploiting oil, gas and minerals. It will provide a detailed understanding of various types of structural systems/forms that are constructed at different water depths for oil and gas exploration, coastal protection etc. Brief overview of various environmental loads acting of these structures will be discussed along with the structural action to counteract the encountered loads. The course will cover different types of materials that are used in the construction of ocean structures in marine environment along with their construction methodologies in brief. Guidelines associated with selection of materials for marine environment, problems associated with the material behavior in marine environment and various protection methods will also be highlighted. The course also shall introduce inspection and testing methods of ocean structures, repair and rehabilitation processes. The course is supported by lot of tutorials and FAQs to make the reader to understand the described concepts.

Introduction to different types of ocean structures- near shore structures, different structural systems of ocean structures namely: fixed, floating, compliant type, semi-submersibles etc.
Types of environmental loads- structural action of ocean structures- planning guidelines and design principles- regulations and codes of practice- foundation of ocean structures- sea bed anchors- dredging methods and equipments.
Different materials for marine applications: metals, concrete and other materials for marine environment- their characteristics, properties and selection guidelines. Problems associated with deterioration of materials in marine environment, their remedies and protection methods. Codes of practice.
Inspection and testing of marine structures- methods and equipments- non-destructive techniques. Repair and rehabilitation of marine structures. structural health monitoring of marine structures.


Module No.


No. of lectures


  1. Different types of ocean structures
  2. Various structural systems deployed for shallow, medium, deep and ultra-deep waters
  3. Various environmental loads acting on offshore structures
  4. Structural action exercised by offshore structures
  5. Different types of coastal structures




  1. Brief outline of planning of ocean structures
  2. Brief introduction to design of ocean structures
  3. Towing, launching and installation of offshore structures and pipe lines
  4. Regulations and codes of practice
  5. Foundation systems for ocean structures
  6. Sea bed anchors
  7. Dredging methods and equipments





  1. Materials for marine applications
  2. Different types of materials and their applications in marine environment
  3. Properties and selection of materials for marine environment
  4. Corrosion and corrosion protection methods
  5. Introduction to composites for marine environment
  6. Codes of practice for materials in marine environment





  1. Inspection and testing of ocean structures
  2. Introduction to Non-destructive testing
  3. Repair and rehabilitation of marine structures
  4. Planning guidelines for maintenance of ocean structures
  5. Structural health monitoring of ocean structures





40 lectures


a) Books and Executive reports

  1. API-RP2A. 1989. Recommended Practice for Planning, Designing and Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms: 18th edn. American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.
  2. BS6235. 1982. Code of Practice for Fixed Offshore Structures: British Standards Institution, London.
  3. CAP 437. 2010. Offshore Helicopters landing areas: Guidance on Standards: 6th edn. Civil Aviation Authority, U.K.
  4. Chakrabarti, S. K. 1987. Hydrodynamics of Offshore Structures: Computational Mechanics.
  5. Chakrabarti, S. K. 1990. Non-linear method in offshore engineering, Elsevier Science Publisher, The Netherlands.
  6. Chakrabarti, S. K. 1994.Offshore Structure Modeling: World Scientific.
  7. Clauss, G. T. et al. 1992. Offshore Structures, Vol 1 - Conceptual Design and Hydromechanics: Springer, London.
  8. Dawson, T. H., 1983. Offshore Structural Engineering: Prentice-Hall Inc.
  9. DNV 1982. Rules for the Design, Construction and Inspection of Offshore Structures: Det Norske Veritas, Oslo.
  10. DOE-OG. 1985. Offshore Installation: Guidance on Design and Construction: U.K., Dept. of Energy, London.
  11. Gerwick, B.C.Jr. 1986. Construction of Offshore Structures: John Wiley, New York.
  12. Graff, W.J. 1981. Introduction to offshore structures: Design, fabrication and installation: Gulf Publishing Co, Tokyo.
  13. Graff, W.J. 1981. Introduction to Offshore Structures: Gulf Publishing Co., Houston.
  14. Helvacioglu. I. H and Incecik. A 2004. Dynamics of double articulated towers, Integrity of offshore structures- 4: Elsevier.
  15. Hiroshi Iwaski. 1981. Preliminary design Study of Tension Leg platform: MIT university.
  16. HSE. 2010. Offshore Helideck design guidelines: Health & Safety Executive. John Burt Associates Ltd, UK.
  17. Hsu, H.T. 1981. Applied Offshore Structural Engineering: Gulf Publishing Co., Houston.
  18. Jeom Kee Paik and Anil Kumar Thayamballi. 2007. Ship-shaped offshore installations: Design, building and operations: Cambridge University Press.
  19. Mather, A. 2000. Offshore Engineering: an Introduction, 2nd edn: Witherby
  20. NPD 1985. Regulation for Structural Design of Load-bearing Structures Intended for Exploitation of Petroleum Resources: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
  21. OCS. 1980. Requirements for Verifying the Structural Integrity of OCS Platforms: United States Geologic Survey, National Centre, Reston, Virginia.
  22. Patel, M. H., 1989. Dynamics of offshore structures: Butterworths, London.
  23. Sadehi, K. 1989. Design and analysis of Marine structures: Khajeh Nasirroddin Tsi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
  24. Sadehi, K. 2001. Coasts, Ports and Offshore Structures Engineering: Power and Water University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
  25. Sarpkaya, T. and Isaacson, M. 1981. Mechanics of Wave Forces on Offshore Structures: Van Nostrand Reinhold.
  26. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran and Subrata Kumar Bhattacharyya (2012). Analysis and Design of Offshore Structures with illustrated examples. Human Resource Development Center for Offshore and Plant Engineering (HOPE Center), Changwon National University Press, Republic of Korea ISBN: 978-89-963915-5-5.

b) Research papers

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  17. Chandrasekaran. S, Jain, A.K. and Chandak. N.R. 2006a. Seismic analysis of offshore triangular tension leg platforms. International J. of Structural Stability and Dynamics. 6(1): 97-120.
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