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Practical Design Considerations for Managing Marine Growth on VIV Suppression Devices

[+] Author Affiliations
Don W. Allen, Dean Henning

VIV Solutions LLC, Sugar Land, TX

Li Lee

Doris, Inc., Houston, TX

Stergios Liapis

Shell Exploration and Production, Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2015-41237, pp. V002T08A046; 16 pages
  • ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: CFD and VIV
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31–June 5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5648-2
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Most deepwater tubulars experiencing high currents frequently require vortex-induced vibration (VIV) suppression to maintain an acceptable fatigue life. Helical strakes and fairings are the most popular VIV suppression devices in use today.

Marine growth can significantly affect the VIV of a bare riser, often within just a few weeks or months after riser installation. Marine growth can have a strong influence on the performance of helical strakes and fairings on deepwater tubulars. This influence affects both suppression effectiveness as well as the drag forces on the helical strakes and fairings. Unfortunately, many VIV analyses and suppression designs fail to account for the effects of marine growth at all, even on a bare riser.

This paper utilizes results from both high and low Reynolds number VIV test programs to provide some design considerations for managing marine growth for VIV suppression devices.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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