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Consistent Free Span VIV Fatigue Analysis of Flexibles

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Mário Caruso, Xu Han, Nils Sødahl

DNV GL, Høvik, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2017-61812, pp. V05AT04A022; 6 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5A: Pipelines, Risers, and Subsea Systems
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5769-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The fatigue life assessment of free spanning flexible products, such as subsea cables and umbilicals, due VIV requires special attention to the structural properties due to the stick/slip behaviour of helix elements in bending. Essential parameters for assessment of stick/slip effects in free span VIV response are the structural damping in the stick regime (i.e. umbilical behaves as a solid cross section due to friction between the helix elements) as well as the additional damping introduced by the hysteretic damping due to the stick/slip behaviour in bending. Furthermore, consistent fatigue stress recovery considering the stick/slip behaviour in bending is essential for fatigue life predictions.

The consistent evaluation of stick/slip behaviour requires more sophisticated calculation procedures due to the non-linearity it introduces. Hence, industry practice has been to consider simplified, linear calculation procedures. However, future flexibles utilization may be much benefitted by a consistent stick/slip treatment in free spanning VIV fatigue assessments, as it may allow for longer allowable free span lengths or longer fatigue life.

The overall objective of the paper is to establish a consistent free span VIV analysis methodology for flexibles in compliance with requirements given in ISO 13628-5 ‘Subsea Umbilicals’ and the overall philosophy of DNV-RP-F105 ‘Free Spanning Pipelines’.

A consistent fatigue analysis scheme for VIV in free spans is outlined using commercially available state-of-the-art computer programs for free span VIV response analysis (FatFree) and cross section stress analysis (Helica). The performance of the calculation scheme is demonstrated by case studies in a complex long-term current loading environment. It is shown that consistent treatment of the mechanical properties of flexibles is essential for VIV fatigue life assessments of free spans.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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