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Risk and reliability based fire safety assessment and optimization of offshore structure

The methodology and the prototype software system OFSOS (optimized fire safety of offshore structures) has been developed by the integration of conventional risk analysis methods with the modern methods of structural system reliability analysis and reliability based optimization. The methodology is innovative and rational as it treats all the uncertainties involved in the fire and blast effects on offshore structures in a probabilistic framework. The applications include accurate and explicit quantification of the risk due to fire and blast events, identification of effective mitigation measures, optimal design of passive fire protection and estimation of the safe time available for the evacuation of personnel. The benefits include rational inputs for decision making on platform operations, reduction in costs and improvement in safety of the installation.

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W S Atkins Consultants Ltd
Woodcote Grove Ashley Road
KT18 5BW Epsom
United Kingdom
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