This book provides detailed analysis methods and design guidelines for fire resistance, a vital consideration for offshore processing and production platforms. Recent advancements in the selection of various geometric structural forms for deep-water oil exploration and production require a detailed understanding of the design of offshore structures under special loads. Focusing on a relatively new aspect of offshore engineering, the book offers essential teaching material, illustrating and explaining the concepts discussed through many tutorials. It creates a basis for designing new courses for students of ocean engineering and naval architecture, civil engineering, and applied mechanics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. As such, its content can be used for self-study or as a text in structured courses and professional development programs.
Srinivasan Chandrasekaran is a faculty member of the Department of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He has 23 years of teaching, research and industrial experience, in the course of which he has supervised many sponsored research projects and offshore consultancy assignments both in India and abroad. His current areas of research are the dynamic analysis and design of offshore platforms, development of geometric forms of compliant offshore structures for ultra-deep water oil exploration and production, sub-sea engineering, rehabilitation and retrofitting of offshore platforms, structural health monitoring of ocean structures, seismic analysis and design of structures, and risk analyses and reliability studies for offshore and petroleum engineering plants.
He has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy for a period of two years, during which he conducted research on the advanced nonlinear modeling and analysis of structures under different environment loads with experimental verifications. He has published 110 research papers in international journals and refereed conferences organized by professional societies around the world. He has also authored three textbooks that are highly popular among graduate students of civil and ocean engineering. He is a member of many national and international professional bodies and has delivered invited lectures and keynote addresses at various international conferences, workshops, and seminars organized in India and abroad.
Gaurav Srivastava is a faculty member in the Discipline of Civil Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar since 2013. His main area of research is design and analysis of structural systems and building façades subjected to fire. His research group has been involved in development of efficient structural fire analysis algorithms for reinforced concrete and steel structures and experimental characterization of structural materials at high temperatures. He is also carrying out full-scale characterization of building façade systems subjected to fire in the unique façade testing facility that has been developed at IIT Gandhinagar. Other areas of his interest include computational mechanics and uncertainty quantification. Before joining IIT Gandhinagar, he worked at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral research associate towards simulation of combustion of solid rocket propellant. Prior to that, he completed his doctoral and masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi.