Date of Award

Fall 12-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Major Professor

Vincent Xiaochuan Yu

Second Advisor

Brandon Taravella

Third Advisor

Lothar Birk


Nowadays, as oil industry gradually moves towards deep sea fields with water depth more than 1000 meters, they are subjected to several threats which can cause failure of the pipeline, of which the accidentally-dropped objects have become the leading external risk factor for subsea developments. In this thesis, a sample field layout introduced in Det Norske Veritas (DNV) guide rules is selected as the study case with 100 m water depth. Six different groups of dropped objects are used in this paper. The conditional hit probability for long/flat shaped objects will be calculated with the methods from both DNV rules and an in-house tool Dropped Objects Simulator (DROBS). The difference between the results will be discussed. Meanwhile, the sensitivity analysis on mass, collision area , the volume, added mass coefficient and drag coefficient of the objects are calculated.


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