Comparative Analysis of Vortex-Induced Vibration Models on Risers Caused by Vessel Motion

Nwoke Andy Ezebunwo, Tobinson A. Briggs, Mathew U, Shadrack


Over the past recent years, several models for prediction of vortex-induced vibrations on risers and cables in slender marine structures have been proposed. This study provided a consistent discussion and critical evaluation of the most commonly applied models, highlighting their strengths, mathematical equations, principles, assumptions and their implications, and the apparent limitations associated with each model. The study critically evaluated and compared vortex-induced vibration models for dynamic response of water risers induced by vessel motion using a multi-criteria analysis tool (AHP). Seven alternatives which include: the DNV model, the LIC engineering model, the MARINTEK model, the MIT-Trianfyllou model, the MIT-Vandiver model, the NTH model and the UCL model were compared against a set of five broad criteria which include: Robustness, Reliability, and Accuracy, Time, Ease of application and cost. The robustness as a broad criterion contains sub-criteria like Reynold’s number range for which the simulation is valid, ability to be deployed for multimode problems, ability to describe spatial attenuation, ability to define excitation zones and how the load process is correlated in the zone. From the AHP analysis, the UCL model came out on top as the best and optimum VIV model compared to the other alternatives with an overall priority score of 1.3694. MIT-Vandiver came second with an overall priority score of 0.9656. The worst model from the outcome of the AHP analysis is the DNV model with an overall priority score of 0.6972.

Keywords: vortex-induced vibration, optimum VIV model,  multi-criteria analysis tool, vortex-induced model comparison

DOI: 10.7176/IEL/10-2-05

Publication date:March 31st 2020


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