Articulated tower is a compliant offshore structure deployed in deep waters for oil and gas exploration. The base of the tower is connected to the sea bed through universal joint, which allows the tower to rotate about horizontal axis (pitch). Articulated towers attain stability due to large buoyancy forces acting on it. Under extreme wave loads, the response of ALP can exceed the design limit causing discomfort to the occupants and create unfavourable working conditions. Structural control systems can be implemented in order to reduce the response of ALP, thereby protecting the structure from damages and to increase its life span. In this paper, a semi-active optimal control strategy using Magneto-Rheological damper is adopted to reduce the responses of ALP. Bouc-Wen model is used to describe the force generated by MR-Damper. For achieving the optimal performance of the control system, the applied voltage is varied according to the measured feedback at any moment to change the damping force using linear quadratic regulator technique. Several parametric studies have been conducted and the performance of the controller is evaluated. It is observed that the response of ALP is reduced considerably by using MR-damper as a semi-active control device. However, the capacity of the damper required for achieving the desired control is huge.

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