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Hydrodynamics of Flexible Pipe With Staggered Buoyancy Elements Undergoing Vortex-Induced Vibrations

[+] Author Affiliations
Mengmeng Zhang, Shixiao Fu, Leijian Song, Haojie Ren

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Jie Wu, Halvor Lie

SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2017-61265, pp. V002T08A030; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/OMAE2017-61265
From:
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Prof. Carl Martin Larsen and Dr. Owen Oakley Honoring Symposia on CFD and VIV
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5764-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME

abstract

Flexible riser with staggered buoyancy elements has been widely used in ocean engineering, such as steel lazy wave riser, drilling riser, etc. Both the buoyancy elements and the riser may experience vortex induced vibrations (VIV), subject to sea current. However, hydrodynamic characteristics of the buoyancy elements undergoing VIV and influence of buoyancy elements on hydrodynamic force of the bare section are still under discussion. The purpose of this paper is to reveal the hydrodynamic characteristics of flexible riser with staggered buoyancy elements, both for buoyancy element and bare pipe section. The cross flow hydrodynamic coefficients of the flexible riser with 25%, 50% and 100% staggered buoyancy covered are obtained from VIV model tests, using hydrodynamic forces and coefficients identification method. Distribution of the added mass coefficients and excitation coefficients along the flexible riser were investigated, and compared with those on the bare flexible pipe and rigid cylinders under forced oscillations. In addition, the relationship between added-mass coefficients of buoyancy element and that of bare section were obtained.

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