Tailoring the Local Design of Deep Water Composite Risers to Minimise Structural Weight

Amaechi, Chiemela Victor and Gillet, Nathaniel and Ja’e, Idris Ahmed and Wang, Chunguang (2022) Tailoring the Local Design of Deep Water Composite Risers to Minimise Structural Weight. Journal of Composites Science, 6 (4). ISSN 2504-477X

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Following the rising technological advancements on composite marine structures, there is a corresponding surge in the demand for its deployment as ocean engineering applications. The push for exploration activities in deep waters necessitates the need for composite marine structures to reduce structural payload and lessen weights/loads on platform decks. This gain is achieved by its high strength−stiffness modulus and light-in-weight attributes, enabling easier marine/offshore operations. Thus, the development of composite marine risers considers critical composite characteristics to optimize marine risers’ design. Hence, an in-depth study on composite production risers (CPR) is quite pertinent in applying composite materials to deep water applications. Two riser sections of 3 m and 5 m were investigated under a 2030 m water depth environment to minimise structural weight. ANSYS Composites ACP was utilized for the CPR’s finite element model (FEM) under different load conditions. The choice of the material, the fibre orientation, and the lay-up configurations utilised in the modelling technique have been reported. In addition, the behaviour of the composite risers’ layers under four loadings has been investigated under marine conditions. Recommendations were made for the composite tubular structure. Results on stresses and weight savings were obtained from different composite riser configurations. The recommended composite riser design that showed the best performance is AS4/PEEK utilising PEEK liner, however more work is suggested using global design loadings on the CPR.

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