Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

48, 3, pp. 677-701, Warsaw 2010

Analysis of movement of the BOP crane under sea weaving conditions

Andrzej Urbaś, Marek Szczotka, Andrzej Maczyński
In the paper, mathematical models for dynamic analysis of a BOP crane under sea weaving conditions are presented. The BOP crane is a kind of gantry crane. It is installed on drilling platforms and used for transportation of the Blowout Preventor (BOP). The most important features characterising its dynamics are: motion of the crane base caused by sea weaving, clearance in the supporting system (between the support and rails), impacts of the load into guides and a significant weight of the load. In order to investigate dynamics of the system, its mathematical model taking into consideration all these features has been formulated. Equations of motions have been derived using homogenous transformations. In order to improve numerical effectiveness of the model, the equations have been transformed to an explicit form. The input in the drive of the travel system has been modelled in two ways: the kinematic input via a spring-damping element and the force input. Exemplary results of numerical calculations are presented.
Keywords: modelling; dynamic analysis; BOP crane