Seismic Design Challenges of High Pressure Riser Systems on Gravity Based Structures


1 Jun 2019

This paper presents two case studies of the seismic analysis of high pressure riser and conductor systems used on shallow water fixed platforms (approximately 120m water depth) offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The case studies presented consider the Hebron and White Rose extension Husky gravity-based concrete platforms. A methodology is presented to assess the dynamic and resonant response of each conductor and riser system to seismic loading using a fully integrated conductor and platform interaction model. Seismic loading is an application of an earthquake-generated agitation to a structure. This occurs at contact surfaces either with the ground, or with adjacent structures, or with gravity waves. Nonlinear time history analyses of the riser system subjected to various ground motion records are performed to simulate the seismic load. Design considerations that drive the HP riser design are discussed.

The paper addresses the intricacies of the gravity base concrete platform-riser system interaction, initial configuration and dynamic seismic response. The riser and conductor system response is used to determine HP riser connector and centralization requirements. The learnings taken from the detailed modeling method are presented along with the advantages of this methodology. 


Phil Ward

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Rohit Vaidya

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Ronak Kadakia

Senior Systems Engineer - BHGE

Hunter Haeberle

Lead Engineer - BHGE

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