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Numerical Model of a Tensioner for Undersea Pipes Laying

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Giuliana Mattiazzo, Andrea Almondo, Stefano Mauro, Paolo Serena Guinzio, Massimo Sorli

Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Paper No. ESDA2006-95457, pp. 333-340; 8 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 3: Dynamic Systems and Controls, Symposium on Design and Analysis of Advanced Structures, and Tribology
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4250-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The paper describes the activities carried out for the modeling and identification of the pipe tensioning system used in the lay of off-shore piping lines. First, the interactions between the components of the tensioning system are discussed. Then, a model of the pipe stiffness based on the catenary formulation is presented. It is valid for S or J-lay, depending on the pipe parameters and on the lay conditions. The tensioner model follows. It is composed by a torque controlled electric servomotor that powers a tracks tensioning system. Finally results obtained in the simulation for different work and disturbance conditions are shown.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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