An Influence of Trench Formation on Steel Catenary Risers Based on a Hysteretic Nonlinear Seabed Model

Document Type: Research Paper

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1 M.S. Student, Department of Offshore Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, Abadan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Offshore Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, Abadan, Iran

Abstract

A steel catenary riser (SCR) attached to a floating platform at its upper end encounters fluctuations in and near its touchdown zone (TDZ), which causes the interaction with the seabed. Subsea surveys and the analysis of SCR’s indicated that the greatest stress and highest damage occurred near the touchdown point (TDP), where the SCR first touches the seabed. Nowadays, the linear seabed spring is carried out, and it is assumed as a flat seabed. Improved nonlinear hysteretic seabed models have recently been proposed, which simulate the different stiffness in the seabed response in the TDZ. In this study, an advanced hysteretic nonlinear SCR-seabed soil interaction model has been implemented to simulate the exact behavior of the riser in the vicinity of the touchdown zone. This paper focusses on the seabed trench, which develops progressively under the SCR due to repeated contact. Also, different important parameters such as water depth and material of riser have been investigated based on the Caspian Sea environmental conditions. This paper highlights the impact of trenches of different depths on the fatigue performance of riser at TDZ.

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