Flow Past a Fixed and Freely Vibrating Drilling Riser System with Auxiliaries in Laminar Flow

Authors

  • Fatin Alias Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Mohd Hairil Mohd Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Mohd Azlan Musa Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Erwan Hafizi Kasiman School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
  • Mohd Asamudin A Rahman Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37934/arfmts.87.3.94104

Keywords:

Vortex-induced Vibration, Riser, Laminar, Auxiliary Lines, CFD

Abstract

Drilling risers used in oil and gas operations are subjected to external loads such as wave and current. One of the phenomena that arise from the external loads is the Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV), which affects the performance of the riser due to excessive vibration from the vortex shedding. A significant factor influencing the VIV is the design of the drilling riser and its auxiliary lines. Until now, the optimum geometrical size and gap between the auxiliary and the main riser are still very scarcely studied. In this paper, the main objective is to study the effects of the gap ratio (G/D) on the vortex shedding phenomenon on a fixed and freely vibrating riser. The riser system was modelled with a main drilling riser and six auxiliary lines with a constant diameter ratio (d/D) of 0.45 and gap ratio (G/D) = 0 to 2.0 in the laminar flow regime with Reynold Number, Re = 200. The simulations were conducted for Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, Altair AcuSolve. It was found that the freely vibrating riser experienced higher lift and drag forces as compared to the fixed riser due to the synchronization (lock-in) of the shedding vibration and the natural frequencies. The lock-in phenomenon is normally observed on the drilling riser at different current directions. The forces are reduced when G/D is higher. The vortex shedding was significantly reduced for auxiliaries between 0.3 to 1.4. It is confirmed that by modifying the interaction of the vortices in the wake region with auxiliary lines, the hydrodynamic forces will be decreased. Finally, this fundamental study could potentially be used in the designing stage of an optimum drilling riser system by considering significant governing factors.

Author Biographies

Fatin Alias, Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

fatinalias96@gmail.com

Mohd Hairil Mohd, Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

m.hairil@umt.edu.my

Mohd Azlan Musa, Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

mohdazlan@umt.edu.my

Erwan Hafizi Kasiman, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

erwanhafizi@utm.my

Mohd Asamudin A Rahman, Offshore and Coastal Research Interest Group, Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology Programme, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

mohdasamudin@umt.edu.my

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2021-10-06

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Alias, F., Mohd, M. H. ., Musa, M. A. ., Kasiman, E. H. ., & A Rahman, M. A. (2021). Flow Past a Fixed and Freely Vibrating Drilling Riser System with Auxiliaries in Laminar Flow. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 87(3), 94–104. https://doi.org/10.37934/arfmts.87.3.94104

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