One of the well-known riser systems, the Steel Catenary Riser (SCR), has been an attractive choice for the riser system in deep water. However, the main challenge of the SCR is large motions from the host platforms due to the harsh environment. The large motion of host platforms may induce excessive buckling and fatigue at the touchdown point. By screening the downward velocities at the hang-off point in the time history graph, the time at which the critical responses (i.e. buckling utilization, bending moment and compression) peak is identified. This study investigates the feasibility of the SCR configuration in terms of the capability to cope with the vessel motion.
Several types of the SCR configurations are proposed in this study. The selected configurations of SCR in this study are conventional SCR, Weight Distributed SCR (WDSCR), and Steel Lazy Wave Riser (SLWR). The feasibility of the three riser configurations was analyzed in terms of strength and fatigue performance to understand the limitation of one over the other. The “lazy wave” configuration efficiently absorbs the vessel heave motions. Thereby the SLWR configuration is proven to be the most robust configuration to cope with large motion of the host platform. This study proves that although the SCR feasibility is limited due to vessel heave motion, innovative solutions can be established to extend its feasibility in order to cope with the vessel heave motion in harsh environment.