Analytical estimation of static stress range in oscillating steel catenary risers at touchdown areas and its application with dynamic amplification factors

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    Abstract

    Steel catenary risers (SCRs) are dynamically sensitive structures and their fatigue design in the touchdown zone is challenging. The dynamic response of SCRs is traditionally assessed by performing a series of long time history analyses but a simplifying approach has recently been proposed. The simple method is based on the use of dynamic amplification factors that quantify the dynamic response for a given perturbation at the hang-off point relative to the static response. The determination of the static response of SCRs is therefore a prerequisite to this approach. In this paper, an existing analytical model is extended to accommodate the displacement at the hang-off point of the SCR and predict the static stress range. The results of this analytical model are validated against numerical simulations. Then, using this simple and efficient analytical model, various sensitivity analyses are performed to explore the impact of key dimensionless groups on the static stress range in the touchdown zone. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-80
    JournalOcean Engineering
    Volume88
    Early online date9 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2014

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