Title: 357.2R-88 (Reapproved 1997): Report on Barge-Like Concrete Structures
Publication: Technical Documents
Appears on pages(s): 89
Keywords: offshore structures
Note: A newer version of this document exists. This document was replaced by 357.2R-10.
This report addresses the range of current engineering.experience for the design and construction of floating, barge-like concrete structures. A brief discussion of past and present structures and design concepts is presented to establish both the versatility and marine structures. Barge-like concrete structures are used at both sheltered and exposed sites. The marine environment can be both severe and highly unpredictable, necessitating unique design requirements for floating concrete structures. In addition, barge-like structures serve a wide variety of uses such as plantships, floating bridges, floating docks, parking and hotel structures, and other applications, and as such, further attest to the wide range of possible design requirements. Design loads and recommended design criteria are presented. Design procedures and methods of analysis are discussed to better acquaint the reader with the design considerations that are unique to barge-like marine structures. Construction methods and materials used for recent applications are presented to demonstrate the importance of the construction process during the planning and design of marine concrete structures. Important aspects of delivery from the construction site and installation at the deployment site are presented. The durability and serviceability of barge-like structures at remote sites are important considerations to project planners and developers. Construction material selection and inspection, maintenance, and repair techniques are discussed.