Two-to-one internal resonance of an inclined marine riser under harmonic excitations

Feras Alfosail, Mohammad I. Younis

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In this paper, we study the two-to-one internal resonance of an inclined marine riser under harmonic excitations. The riser is modeled as an Euler–Bernoulli beam accounting for mid-plane stretching, self-weight, and an applied axial top tension. Due to the inclination, the self-weight load causes a static deflection of the riser, which can tune the frequency ratio between the third and first natural frequencies near two. The multiple-time-scale method is applied to study the nonlinear equation accounting for the system nonlinearity. The solution is then compared to a Galerkin solution showing good agreement. A further investigation is carried out by plotting the frequency response curves, the force response curves, and the steady-state response of the multiple-time-scale solution, in addition to the dynamical solution obtained by Galerkin, as they vary with the detuning parameters. The results reveal that the riser vibrations can undergo multiple Hopf bifurcations and experience quasi-periodic motion that can lead to chaotic behavior. These phenomena lead to complex vibrations of the riser, which can accelerate its fatigue failure.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1301-1321
Number of pages21
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 3 2018

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the financial support of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Saudi Aramco.


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