Dynamic analysis of risers using a novel multilayered pipe beam element model

L. L. Aguiar, C. A. Almeida, G. H. Paulino

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In this paper a recently proposed formulation for the multilayered pipe beam element is extended to dynamic analysis of risers. Derivations of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loadings due to internal and external fluid acting on each element layer are presented. Mass and damping matrices, associated to each element layer, are properly derived by adding their respective contributions to the expression of the virtual work due to external loading. The finite element implementation allows for the numerical representation of either bonded or unbonded multilayered risers, including small slip effects between layers. A number of numerical examples have been carried out and the results show the accuracy and efficiency of the new element formulation, even in large scale riser analysis. Moreover, we establish a few benchmarks using multilayered pipes and risers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-231
Number of pages21
JournalMarine Structures
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Finite element
  • Multi-layered pipe beams
  • Nonlinear dynamic analysis
  • Riser analysis


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