The generic approach for planning of in-service NDT inspections is extended to cover the case where the fatigue load is modified during the design lifetime of the structure. Generic reliability-based inspection planning has been developed as a practical approach to perform inspection planning of fatigue sensitive details in fixed offshore steel jacket platforms and FPSO ship structures. Inspection and maintenance activities are planned such that code based requirements to the safety of personnel and environment for the considered structure are fulfilled and at the same time such that the overall expected costs for design, inspections, repairs and failures are minimized. The method is based on the assumption of “no-finds” of cracks during inspections. Each fatigue sensitive detail is categorized according to their type of details (SN curves), FDF values, RSR values, inspection, repair and failure costs and inspection / repair method. This paper considers riskbased inspection planning in a re-assessment situation where modifications have been performed that influence the fatigue load. The presented procedure is illustrated by an example.
Safety and Reliability of Engineering Systems and Structures: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, 2005, p. 1063-1070