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Evaluating Riser Interference From Experimental and Numerical Analysis

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Elton J. B. Ribeiro

Petrobras R&D Center, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Gilberto Bruno Ellwanger, Marcos de Siqueira Queija

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Shotaro Uto

National Maritime Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2008-57423, pp. 369-376; 8 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


When the oil exploration and exploitation moved away from the shore to deeper ocean, the riser interference became an important issue to be addressed during platform design. It became so important, particularly, when a great numbers of rigid risers are installed on the platform. Those kinds of risers are particularly used at Spar buoy and TLP platform. A conservative approach for riser interference design can result on the oversize platform or to reduce the number of wells hanging on it. On the other hand, a non conservative approach can bring serious problems, like collision of risers, which can cause a dent on the riser wall and it may reduce its fatigue life. In order to identify the hydrodynamic behavior of one riser placed in the vicinity of other one, Petrobras R&D Center carried out some experimental and numerical studies for getting their hydrodynamic behavior when they are aligned and spaced by 2, 3, and 5 times diameter.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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