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Experimental Investigation of Power Umbilical Damping

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Torfinn Ottesen

SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2017-62584, pp. V05AT04A040; 10 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


Ocean currents may cause vortex induced vibrations (VIV) of deep-water umbilicals and cables. Since the VIV response may give significant contributions to the total fatigue damage it is important to know the structural damping for relevant curvature levels.

A laboratory test has been performed on a 12.5 m long test specimen to determine the damping for a range of curvature levels that are in the vicinity of the stick-slip transition region. The energy input to maintain steady state oscillations with curvature amplitudes in the range 0.0002–0.001 m−1 was measured. The steady state energy input is consistent with damping ratios obtained using the free decay method.

The structural damping depends on construction temperature and curvature and is less for typically low seawater temperature and low curvatures. The transition between the stick- and the slip regime is seen for typical seawater temperature.

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Topics: Damping



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