Response based approaches are not common in riser design. Due to the high computational costs associated to these methodologies, it is usual to replace the calculation of extreme long term responses by the calculation of responses to a few number of artificial sea states, supposed extreme. However, this hypothesis may not always be applicable. The extreme response of a riser is influenced by several factors. For instance, vessel response motions resonance can occur for waves of periods lower than the ones associated to the desired long term period. In this way, this work has two main objectives. The first is to propose a computationally feasible methodology to calculate long term extreme responses; the second is to calibrate loading conditions, based on the long term responses, to be used when designing catenary risers. The parameter selected to represent the response is the centenary (100y) riser top tension. The utilization of the proposed methodology is illustrated by a case study where three possible positions for a turret in a FPSO hull were compared. The obtained results indicate that this methodology can contribute to substantial changes in the way risers are designed, focusing on the response instead of on the occurrence of extreme sea states.

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