This paper applies design of experiments (DOE) methodology to the design of Compliant Vertical Access Risers (CVAR). This relatively new riser configuration is characterized by its differentiated geometry, achieved by the use of syntactic buoyancy at the lower section of the riser and additional weight at its upper section. The characteristic compliance of the CVAR system is obtained by providing an excessive length of pipe and a horizontal offset between the riser top and end connections. Thus, this system provides vertical access to dispersed subsea wells and its compliance can also compensate for vessel motion. CVAR, being vertical access to the wells, brings the advantage of using dry trees, and also allows the completion and workover operations to be performed from the FPU, offering significantly economic and operational benefits to deepwater oil field development. To guarantee such benefits, some operational and structural constraints must be satisfied. The design of the CVAR system is dependent upon several parameters. This study can provide a better understanding about the behavior of the CVAR in terms of its design parameters by the use of the DOE methodology. DOE is a statistical technique that provides an objective measure of how design parameters are correlated and the effective contribution of each at the riser performance. Consideration of the main effects as well as interaction effects coupled with sensitivity analysis is essential for insightful interpretation of model results and effective decision-making. Thus, this study contributes with the design of Compliant Vertical Access Risers as well as with a methodology that can lead to efficient riser design, being a first step in the optimization design process.

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