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Strain Measurement on Riser Pipe Compared With Model Test and Calculation

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Katsuya Maeda, Ichihiko Takahashi, Kentaroh Kokubun, Shotaro Uto

National Maritime Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Kazuaki Itoh

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

Kazuyuki Ohuchi

Ohuchi Ocean Consultant, Inc., Karuizawa, Nangano, Japan

Satoshi Masuda

JFE Engineering Company, Ltd.

Paper No. OMAE2007-29647, pp. 749-755; 7 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


For pumping up deep ocean water, a SPAR type floating structure with a steel riser pipe was installed in Sagami Bay, Japan, in 2003. The riser pipe, which is 175 m long and 1.0 m in diameter, was connected to the floating structure by two mooring chains. At the middle height of the riser pipe, strain gages were attached on the pipe surface so that they faced to 8 directions at equal angles. The authors measured not only strains but also motions of the floating structure and wave and current conditions from 2003 to 2005. From these measured results in actual sea, it was found that the strains (or stresses) of the riser pipe are mostly concerned with motions of the floating structures, more than wave and current conditions. In order to make clear this phenomenon, the authors carried out forced oscillation tests by using a reduced riser pipe model in the Deep-sea Basin in National Maritime Research Institute, along with some numerical simulations based on FEM. In this paper, we show the results of the model tests and numerical simulations compared with the measured results in actual sea.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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