Monitoring VIV fatigue damage on marine risers
Author(s)Mukundan, Harish; Modarres-Sadeghi, Yahya; Dahl, Jason; Hover, Franz S.; Triantafyllou, Michael S.
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Long flexible cylinders (e.g., risers, tendons and mooring lines) exposed to the marine environment encounter ocean currents leading to vortex-induced vibration (VIV). These oscillations, often driven at high frequencies over extended periods of time, may result in structural failure of the member due to fatigue damage accumulation. Recent developments in instrumentation and installation of data acquisition systems on board marine risers have made accurate measurement of riser responses possible. This paper aims at using the data from these data acquisition devices (typically strain gages and accelerometers) in order to understand the evolution of the riser VIV, with the final aim of estimating the fatigue damage. For this purpose we employ systematic techniques to reconstruct riser VIV response using the data from the available sensors. The reconstructed riser response allows estimation of the dynamic axial stresses due to bending and consequently the estimates of the fatigue damage along the entire riser. The above methods can take into account the fatigue damage arising from complicated riser motions involving the presence of traveling waves even with the use of very few sensors. An alternate approach using a Van der Pol wake oscillator model is also explored to obtain fatigue life estimates caused by riser VIV.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Ocean Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Journal of Fluids and Structures
Mukundan, H. et al. “Monitoring VIV fatigue damage on marine risers.” Journal of Fluids and Structures 25.4 (2009): 617-628.
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