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Dynamic Behavior of a Semi-Submersible Platform Coupled With Drilling Riser During Re-Entry Operation in Ultra-Deep Water

[+] Author Affiliations
Marcio Yamamoto, Celso K. Morooka

State University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Seiya Ueno

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2007-29221, pp. 239-248; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Special Symposium on Ocean Measurements and Their Influence on Design
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4267-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The present study deals with the dynamics of a semi-submersible platform coupled with a free-hanging vertical rigid riser during the re-entry operation in ultra-deep water. The reentry operation occurs after the drilling phases are accomplished which only use the bare drillstring. The re-entry operation entails positioning the subsurface Blow-Out-Preventer (BOP) above the wellhead and installing it to the wellhead. During this operation, the BOP is suspended by the drilling riser. The placement and installation is time consuming and requires a great amount of accuracy. One challenge is the effects of platform motions on the installation procedure. The present work was carried out with the aim to understand the influence of platform motions during the re-entry operation in ultra-deep waters. Another benefit of this study is the knowledge of the effect of platform motions on the drilling riser and BOP which leads to the possibility of drilling more than one well without the need to raise the BOP to the surface. This could greatly reduce the amount of time needed to drill subsurface wells which in turn, reduces overall operational costs. A numerical simulation in time domain has been carried out using a non-linear model for the platform dynamics. The dynamics of a free hanging drilling riser and a dynamic positioning system (DPS) of the semi-submersible platform are included in the numerical model. Simulation results in time domain of the platform displacements with DPS and riser displacement are shown. A discussion of riser displacement and DPS control is also included.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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