Suppression of vortex-induced vibration features of a flexible riser by adding helical strakes

  • Dong-yang Chen (陈东阳)
  • Laith K. AbbasEmail author
  • Guo-ping Wang (王国平)
  • Xiao-ting Rui (芮筱亭)
  • Wei-jie Lu (陆卫杰)


Three dimensional (3D) Computational Fluid Dynamics/ Computational Structure Dynamics (CFD/CSD) numerical two-way coupling simulations are conducted on the flexible rise in order to improve the understanding of the dynamic response performance of the riser with and without helical strakes exposed to the phenomena called Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV). The VIV responses of PVC riser without helical strakes are computed and compared with experimental data, which verified the accuracy of the present two-way coupling method. Subsequently, the dynamic behaviors of a short PVC riser with different kinds of helical strakes are studied. The vibration amplitudes along the riser, trajectories of the riser’s monitor point and vortex shedding contours are obtained by conducting a series of simulations. It is found that the helical strakes’ VIV suppression mechanisms are breaking the vortex structures and decrease the vortex shedding frequency of the bare riser. Moreover, attaching helical strake structure with reasonable geometrical configuration (such as appropriate strake height, strake pitch, the number of starts and strake coverages) to the flexible riser can achieve a good suppression effect. The effect is also diverse at different reduced velocity (Ur). The remarkable effect is found at Ur = 7 of the short riser, which has about 97% reduction in the transverse vibration response.

Key words

VIV Fluid structure interaction (FSI) Two-way coupling Helical strakes SST-SAS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-yang Chen (陈东阳)
    • 1
  • Laith K. Abbas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Guo-ping Wang (王国平)
    • 1
  • Xiao-ting Rui (芮筱亭)
    • 1
  • Wei-jie Lu (陆卫杰)
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Launch DynamicsNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.Nanjing Aerosun CorporationNanjingChina

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