Natural Frequencies and Mode Shapes of Statically Deformed Inclined Risers

Feras Alfosail, Ali H. Nayfeh, Mohammad I. Younis

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We investigate numerically the linear vibrations of inclined risers using the Galerkin approach. The riser is modeled as an Euler-Bernoulli beam accounting for the nonlinear mid-plane stretching and self-weight. After solving for the initial deflection of the riser due to self-weight, we use a Galerkin expansion employing 15 axially loaded beam mode shapes to solve the eigenvalue problem of the riser around the static equilibrium configuration. This yields the riser natural frequencies and corresponding exact mode shapes for various values of inclination angles and tension. The obtained results are validated against a boundary-layer analytical solution and are found to be in good agreement. This constitutes a basis to study the nonlinear forced vibrations of inclined risers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016


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