Multiaxial fatigue analyses of stress joints for deepwater steel catenary risers

Zheng, W., Yang, H. and Li, Q. (2012) Multiaxial fatigue analyses of stress joints for deepwater steel catenary risers. China Ocean Engineering, 26(4), pp. 713-722. (doi:10.1007/s13344-012-0053-x)

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In the present study, the dynamic and fatigue characteristics of two types of stress joints are investigated under ocean environmental condition. Connected with the riser and the platform, stress joint at the vessel hang-off position should be one of the main critical design challenges for a steel catenary riser (SCR) in deepwater. When the riser is under a high pressure and deepwater working condition, the stress state for the joint is more complex, and the fatigue damage is easy to occur at this position. Stress joint discussed in this paper includes two types: Tapered Stress Joint (TSJ) and Sleeved Stress Joint (SSJ), and multiaxial fatigue analysis results are given for comparison. Global dynamic analysis for an SCR is performed first, and then the local boundary conditions obtained from the previous analysis are applied to the stress joint FE model for the later dynamic and multiaxial fatigue analysis. Results indicate that the stress level is far lower than the yield limit of material and the damage induced by fatigue needs more attention. Besides, the damage character of the two types of stress joints differs: for TSJ, the place where the stress joint connects with the riser is easy to occur fatigue damage; for SSJ, the most probable position is at the place where the end of the inner sleeve pipe contacts with the riser body. Compared with SSJ, TSJ shows a higher stress level but better fatigue performance, and it will have a higher material cost. In consideration of various factors, designers should choose the most suitable type and also geometric parameters.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yang, Dr Hezhen
Authors: Zheng, W., Yang, H., and Li, Q.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:China Ocean Engineering
Publisher:Springer/Chinese Ocean Engineering Society
ISSN (Online):2191-8945

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