Fully three dimensional fluid flow simulations are used with a simple structural model to simulate very long risers. This method overcomes many shortcomings of methodologies based on two dimensional flow simulations and can correctly include the effects of three dimensional structures such as strakes, buoyancy modules and catenary riser shapes. The method is benchmarked against laboratory and offshore experiments with model risers of length to diameter ratios up to 4,000. RMS values of vortex induced vibration motions are shown to be in good agreement with measurements. The resources needed to model ultra deep water drilling and production risers are estimated based on current computer technology.

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