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An Experimental Study of the Effects That Change the Vibration Mode of Riser VIV

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Tomo Fujiwara, Shotaro Uto, Shigeo Kanada

National Maritime Research Institute, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2011-49677, pp. 487-492; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 7: CFD and VIV; Offshore Geotechnics
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4439-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In recent years, a number of deepwater development projects are running worldwide. As the water depth increases, safety and reliability of the riser is a critical issue. One of the most important matters is vortex-induced vibration (VIV). In the deepwater area with strong current, for example in the Gulf of Mexico, a riser pipe’s VIV motion changes continually due to the change of hydrodynamic conditions. In order to assess safety and reliability of deepwater riser, investigation of the dynamic variation of riser VIV is important. This paper deals with top tensioned riser. To clarify the phenomena of dynamic variation of the riser’s vibration mode, a large-scale experiment using a 28.5 m long model was carried out at the Deep Sea Basin of the National Maritime Research Institute in Japan. In this experiment, the model’s bottom end was fixed, while top end was connected to a tensioner. The current generating system was installed to make flow from water surface to about 5m in depth. A measurement of riser VIV motion in current condition was carried out by changing the model’s top tension from self-weight balanced condition to four times of the self-weight. Vibration mode widely changed from high mode of up to 15th to low mode of 5th. In order to investigate an influence of the change of vibration mode on the riser VIV motion, a series of experiments were conducted with the periodic variation of top tension. It was found that the traveling wave occurred from top to bottom end in a moment of vibration mode changed.

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