Abstract

This paper addresses the performance evaluation of an empirical time domain Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIV) model which has been developed for several years at NTNU. Unlike the frequency domain which is the existing VIV analysis method, the time domain model introduces new vortex shedding force terms to the well known Morison equation. The extra load terms are based on the relative velocity, a synchronization model and additional empirical coefficients that describe the hydrodynamic forces due to cross-flow (CF) and In-line (IL) vortex shedding. These hydrodynamic coefficients have been tuned to fit experimental data and by considering the results from the one of existing frequency domain VIV programs, VIVANA, which is widely used for industrial design.

The feature of the time domain model is that it enables to include the structural non-linearity, such as variable tension, and time-varying flow. The robustness of the new model’s features has been validated by comparing the test results in previous researches. However, the riser used in experiments has a relatively small length/diameter (L/D) ratio. It implies that there is a need for more validation to make it applicable to real riser design.

In this study, the time domain VIV model is applied to perform correlation studies against the Hanøytangen experiment data for the case of linear sheared current at a large L/D ratio. The main comparison has been made with respect to the maximum fatigue damage and dominating frequency for each test condition. The results show the time domain model showed reasonable accuracy with respect to the experimental and VIVANA. The discrepancy with regard to experiment results needs to be further studied with a non-linear structural model.

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