Petrobras developed projects with European companies and Brazilian universities in order to study different configurations of steel risers using flexibilization elements. For the bow turret-moored FPSOs the lazy-wave configuration was considered the most adequate due to its structural behaviour and costs when compared to other configurations. A detailed study was performed by the Petrobras R&D Center to verify the structural integrity of a lazy-wave SCR (SLWR) attached to a turret-moored FPSO at a water depth of 1290 m. The results for the installed riser showed its feasibility. Petrobras continued the studies of the SLWR to verify its behaviour when connected to a FSO with a spread-mooring anchoring. This paper presents the approach and methodology adopted in Petrobras to verify the structural integrity of a SLWR attached to a FSO with spread-mooring anchoring at a water depth of 1800 m. The riser analysis was performed using the Petrobras’s in-house computer codes ANFLEX and POSFAL developed and implemented as part of projects from CENPES with “COPPE/UFRJ - The Engineering Post-Graduating Coordination of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro”. For VIV (Vortex Induced Vibration) fatigue damage calculation SHEAR7 was used. Maximum stresses were verified through a deterministic non-linear time domain-analysis. The time-domain random nonlinear analysis was considered to be the most appropriate to be used for fatigue damage calculation due to the possibility of representing the existing non-linearities of the model and random characteristic of the environmental loading. For the fatigue damage analysis, a set of load cases that considers the bimodal / bi-directional characteristics of sea-states, probability of occurrence and energy content, was used.

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