This article deals with the development of a numerical tool based on an integrated synthesis model to carry out the first project cycle of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platforms to produce, process, store, and export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The topside configuration, tank geometry and capacity, production levels, equipment list, environmental and operating conditions, classification society requirements, structure, stability, and seakeeping are considered in a single synthesis model, generating a sufficiently large number of solutions. The case generation and the evaluation process are performed hierarchically, dividing the parameters into groups to better solve the solution space, which cannot be achieved with conventional techniques such as traditional point-based design. This methodology is applied as a case study to design three FLNG platforms with different production levels (2, 3, and 4 million metric tons per year). Performance parameters are defined and evaluated, optimizing downtime, structural mass, and load capacity. The resulting platforms are compared to existing FLNG dimensions. Essential conclusions are drawn about design improvements, such as key dimensions, quantity, and configuration of tanks, freeboard specifications, and operating draft. The developed synthesis framework proved to be a quick and useful tool for the early stages of the FLNG project.
FLNG Parametric Design: A Synthesis Modeling Approach
Vieira, Daniel P., Amarante, Rodrigo M., Kang, Kam Y., Zago, Lariuss, Dotta, Raul, Lavieri, Rodrigo S., Sampaio, Claudio M., and Kazuo Nishimoto. "FLNG Parametric Design: A Synthesis Modeling Approach." J Ship Prod Des 38 (2022): 89–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/JSPD.02210006
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