The Effect of Mooring System and Sheared Currents on Vortex Induced Motions of Truss Spars
Author van Dijk, R.R.T, Voogt, A.J. (MARIN), Fourchy, P. (Murphy Oil Corporation) and Mirza, S. (Agip Petroleum, Inc.)
Title The Effect of Mooring System and Sheared Currents on Vortex Induced Motions of Truss Spars
Conference/Journal OMAE Conference, Cancun
Paper no. OMAE2003-37151
Month June
Year 2003

Abstract
Since 1996 Spars have been used as production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Spar Vortex Induced Motions (VIM) in strong currents like the hurricane and loop currents are an important consideration for the design of the mooring system and risers. This is important for the extreme offsets as well as fatigue in risers and the mooring system.
This paper compares the VIM behavior of a truss Spar in sheared currents, like the Hurricane current in the Gulf of Mexico, with tow test results. Experiments have been carried out on a scaled model in both a complete mooring system and in a towing set-up with a simplified horizontal mooring. The Spar model consists of a hard tank with removable helical strakes, a truss section and a square soft tank.
The results of this model test program show that both the choice of the mooring system and current profile have a significant influence on the VIM response of the Spar. The paper discusses the results of this research and also addresses important issues and considerations for VIM model tests.

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