Vortex-induced vibration (VIV) tests have been performed on long, flexible pipes with various levels of roughness, in sheared flows in a circular towing tank at high Reynolds numbers. The test pipes, made of fiberglass composite, were mounted horizontally beneath a rotating arm that has a span of 129 ft, and a width of 25 ft. As the towing bridge rotates, it drives the cylinder in a circular path in still water. The sheared flows experienced by the cylinder excite its VIV motion. The Reynolds numbers for the tests reported herein ranged from 152,000 to 339,000 at the high-speed end of the pipe. Two surface roughness levels were tested: one comprised of the exterior surface of a filament wound fiberglass pipe; and one with carpet glued to the exterior of the pipe. The VIV responses of the test cylinders, represented by displacement time traces, spectrum, and motion trajectories, are presented in this paper. Effects of the surface roughness and Reynolds numbers on the VIV responses are discussed. The response behavior of the cylinders varied from single-mode dominance to multi-mode responses, in addition to certain traveling wave activities. These results should be of interest to researchers and engineers in the area of vortex-induced vibrations.

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