Nonlinear two-dimensional elastica analysis of subsea risers


Conference Paper

This paper models two configurations of flexible risers and pipelines as slender elastica structures. The theoretical formulation leads to a type of nonlinear boundary value problem that can be solved numerically given appropriate boundary conditions. The offsetting effects of gravity and buoyancy are included in the analysis. These forces can provide considerable axial loading (as can thermal changes) and hence stability (buckling) is a major concern. Initial studies are based on the planar problem. A free-vibration analysis is also conducted for small-amplitude oscillations about various deflected equilibrium configurations in terms of natural frequencies and corresponding mode shapes [1]. Energy dissipation and fluid forces are a key issue in the forced problem, especially when large deformations are involved [2, 3]. Knowledge of free vibration behavior is a vital prerequisite in understanding the response of these types of structures in practice [4].

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Santillan, ST; Virgin, LN; Plaut, RH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

  • 7th European Conference on Structural Dynamics, Eurodyn 2008

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780854328826

Citation Source

  • Scopus