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Prediction of VIV Response of a Flexible Pipe by Coupling a Viscous Flow Solver and a Beam Finite Element Solver

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Juan P. Pontaza

Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc., Houston, TX

Raghu G. Menon

Shell Global Solutions (Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Paper No. OMAE2009-79150, pp. 303-309; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4345-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc.


The paper describes a fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modeling approach to predict the VIV response of a flexible pipe by coupling a three-dimensional viscous incompressible Navier-Stokes solver with a beam finite element solver – in time domain. The flexible pipe is modeled as an Euler-Bernoulli beam subject to instantaneous flow-induced forces and solved using C1 conforming finite element basis functions in space and an unconditionally stable Newmark-type discretization scheme in time. At each time step the instantaneous incremental displacement is fed back to the fluid flow solver, where the position of the pipe is updated to compute the resulting instantaneous flow field and associated flow-induced forces. Numerical predictions from the FSI model are compared to experimental measurements of a flexible pipe subject to uniform free-stream currents.

Copyright © 2009 by Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc.



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