The effect of nonlinear multi-contact coupling with gap between risers and guide frames on global spar motion analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • Nonlinear multi-contact coupling between vertical risers and guide frames inside the spar moon-pool is studied. The existing numerical model for hull/mooring/riser coupled dynamics analysis treats riser as an elastic rod truncated at the keel (truncated riser model), and the risers are free to slide in vertical direction with constant tension, while restricted in horizontal direction. The truncated riser model neglects the portion of the riser inside the moon-pool and tends to overestimate the spar pitch motion. In the newly developed model, the risers are extended through the moon-pool with realistic boundary conditions at multiple guide frames, and thus additional contact forces and moments on the spar hull are considered. The gap effects between the riser buoyancy-cans and riser guide frames are also modeled using three different types of gap springs. Their different dynamic characteristics are extensively studied. The new riser model also considers the Coulomb damping between buoyancy-cans and riser guide frames and also allows the impact-like contact force calculation on risers for ensuring fatigue analysis. 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Koo, B. J., Kim, M. H., & Randall, R. E.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Koo, BJ||Kim, MH||Randall, RE

publication date

  • January 2004