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Improvements to the Convected Co-Ordinates Method for Predicting Large Deflection Extreme Riser Response

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Patrick J. O’Brien

MCS International, Aberdeen, Scotland

Michael Lane

MCS International, Galway, Ireland

John F. McNamara

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Paper No. OMAE2002-28237, pp. 481-488; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The geometric nonlinearity associated with large motions of compliant riser structures is catered for by defining an orthogonal triad of axes, known as the convected co-ordinate axes, for each beam element. This triad rigidly translates and rotates in three-dimensional space so as to closely follow the motions of the deforming element. The method enables equilibrium equations to be written by expressing the total nodal solution vector as the sum of rigid body and deformation terms. This paper presents and develops newly defined measures of beam deformation that provide a precise measure of beam rotational deformation relative to the convected axes. The use of these new terms no longer depends on the assumption that the deformation rotations behave as true vectors. A mathematical expression that accurately predicts the nonlinear coupling between torque and bending that occurs along the convected axes is also developed. This upgraded definition of rotational deformation also increases the robustness of the analysis technique, enabling larger time-steps during a dynamic simulation and with rapid convergence being achieved at each solution step.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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