Numerical scheme for riser motion calculation during 3-D VIV simulation Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a numerical scheme for riser motion calculation and its application to riser VIV simulations. The discretisation of the governing differential equation is studied first. The top tensioned risers are simplified as tensioned beams. A centered space and forward time finite difference scheme is derived from the governing equations of motion. Then an implicit method is adopted for better numerical stability. The method meets von Neumann criteria and is shown to be unconditionally stable. The discretized linear algebraic equations are solved using a LU decomposition method. This approach is then applied to a series of benchmark cases with known solutions. The comparisons show good agreement. Finally the method is applied to practical riser VIV simulations. The studied cases cover a wide range of riser VIV problems, i.e. different riser outer diameter, length, tensioning conditions, and current profiles. Reasonable agreement is obtained between the numerical simulations and experimental data on riser motions and cross-flow VIV a/D. These validations and comparisons confirm that the present numerical scheme for riser motion calculation is valid and effective for long riser VIV simulation. 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, K., Chen, H., & Chen, C.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Kevin||Chen, Hamn-Ching||Chen, Chia-Rong

publication date

  • October 2011