This paper makes a comparison of experimental measurements and a recently developed methodology for the prediction of the increase in the steady drag of a cylinder undergoing vortex-induced vibrations. The experimental results were obtained during the development of a means to reduce the flow-induced vibration of a cable-suspended pile of the COGNAC platform installation and agree well with the predictions made in this paper. Next, a brief consideration is made of some of the authors’ experience of methods used to reduce vortex-induced vibrations, and hence stress levels. Finally, a reduction method which used an air-blowing manifold is described and results presented.

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