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A Data-Driven Mode Identification Algorithm for Fatigue Damage Assessment in Instrumented Marine Risers

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C. Shi, J. Park, L. Manuel

University of Texas, Austin, TX

M. A. Tognarelli

BP America Production Co., Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2011-50231, pp. 697-704; 8 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


A well-established empirical procedure, which we refer to as Weighted Waveform Analysis (WWA), is employed to reconstruct a model riser’s response over its entire length using a limited number of strain measurements. The quality of the response reconstruction is controlled largely by identification of the participating riser response modes (waveforms); hence, mode selection is vital in WWA application. Instead of selecting a set of consecutive riser vibratory modes, we propose a procedure that automatically identifies a set of non-consecutive riser modes that can thus account for higher harmonics in the riser response (at multiplies of the Strouhal frequency). Using temporal data analysis of the discrete time-stamped samples, significant response frequencies are identified on the basis of power spectrum peaks; similarly using spatial data analysis of the sparse non-uniformly sampled data, significant wavenumbers are identified using Lomb-Scargle periodograms. Knowing the riser length, the most important wavenumber is related to a specific mode number; this dominant mode is in turn related to the dominant peak in power spectra based on the temporal data analysis. The riser’s fundamental frequency is estimated as the ratio of the empirically estimated dominant spectral frequency to the dominant mode number. Additional mode numbers are also identified as spectral peak frequencies divided by the fundamental frequency. This mode selection technique is an improvement over similar WWA procedures that rely on a priori knowledge of the risers fundamental frequency or on knowledge of physical properties and assumptions on added mass contributions. At selected target locations, we compare fatigue damage rates, estimated based on the riser response reconstructed using the WWA method with the proposed automated mode selection technique (we refer to this as “improved” WWA) and those based on the “original” WWA method (that relies on a theoretically computed fundamental natural frequency of the riser). In both cases, predicted fatigue damage rates based on the empirical methods and data at various locations (other than the target) are cross-validated against damage rates based directly on measurements at the target location. Results show that the improved WWA method, which empirically estimates the riser’s fundamental natural frequency and automatically selects significant modes of vibration, may be employed to estimate fatigue damage rates quite well from limited strain measurements.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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