The fatigue calculation methodology applied to flexible risers connected to FPSOs, offshore Brazil, is based on a simplified procedure considering a deterministic regular wave approach and a wave heading distribution supported by past operational experience with semi-submersible platforms. However the utilization of deterministic waves approach does not necessarites guarantee the consideration of the worst sea conditions, and the weathervaning capability of those systems are usually not accounted for when non-collinear wave, wind and current are present. A new procedure is being evaluated considering an integrated model for ship, mooring lines and risers to define the distribution of ship headings for fatigue analysis using an irregular bi-directional sea approach. The impact on a flexible riser’s fatigue life will be evaluated when a new ship heading distribution with irregular bi-directional spectrum is presented for the case of a FPSO with bow turret in operation at the Marlin Field offshore Campos Basin.

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