Steel Catenary Risers (SCRs) are one of the main components in development of oil and gas fields in deep waters. Fatigue design of SCRs in touch down zone (TDZ) is one of the main engineering challenges in design of riser systems. Nonlinear riser-soil interaction models have recently been introduced and used widely in advanced structural analysis of SCRs. Due to hysteretic nonlinear behavior of the soil, SCR system will show different structural response under different loading time histories.
This paper investigates the effects of nonlinear riser-soil interaction in the TDZ on fatigue performance of an example SCR subjected to randomly generated waves. Sensitivity of fatigue life of the system, location of the critical node and the maximum stress range to different wave realizations and different soil types are discussed in detail.