An analytic solution of the static problem of inclined risers conveying fluid

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

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We use the method of matched asymptotic expansion to develop an analytic solution to the static problem of clamped–clamped inclined risers conveying fluid. The inclined riser is modeled as an Euler–Bernoulli beam taking into account its self-weight, mid-plane stretching, an applied axial tension, and the internal fluid velocity. The solution consists of three parts: an outer solution valid away from the two boundaries and two inner solutions valid near the two ends. The three solutions are then matched and combined into a so-called composite expansion. A Newton–Raphson method is used to determine the value of the mid-plane stretching corresponding to each applied tension and internal velocity. The analytic solution is in good agreement with those obtained with other solution methods for large values of applied tensions. Therefore, it can be used to replace other mathematical solution methods that suffer numerical limitations and high computational cost. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1175-1187
Number of pages13
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - May 28 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


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