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A Parametric Study for the Design of Steel Catenary Riser System in Deepwater Harsh Environments

[+] Author Affiliations
Jie Xia, Purnendu K. Das

Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Daniel Karunakaran

Subsea 7, Stavanger, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2008-57179, pp. 153-164; 12 pages
  • ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 3: Pipeline and Riser Technology; Ocean Space Utilization
  • Estoril, Portugal, June 15–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4820-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3821-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


In recent years, offshore reservoirs have been developed in deeper and deeper water environments, where floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO), semi-submersibles, spars and TLPs are considered to be the most economically viable platforms. Steel catenary risers (SCRs) are being considered for these production units in deepwater development such as Northern North Sea. A variety of uncertainties are associated with material behaviour, environmental loading, hydromechanics modelling, structural modelling, and fatigue / corrosion / wear characteristics, especially around hang-off and touch down areas. SCRs used in conjunction with a semi-submersible or a FPSO in deepwater harsh environments present significant design challenges. The large vertical motions at the FPSO or semi induce severe riser response, which results in difficulty meeting strength and fatigue criteria at the hang-off and touch down point locations. To improve the understanding of SCR behaviour and increase the confidence in the design of such systems in deepwater harsh environments, a parametric study was carried out in this paper to deal with the factors that mainly influence the loading condition and fatigue life of the riser. Two cases, one steel catenary riser connected to a semi-submersible and one steel catenary riser connected to a FPSO, were studied and compared. And weight-optimized configurations were applied for both risers. Riflex combined with DeepC was the primary analysis tool used for the long-term response of the nonlinear structure SCR’s simulations, which is high computer time consuming. Hence, the parameters affecting the efficiency and accuracy of the simulations have also been studied during the analysis process.

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