Investigation of the dynamic loads on a vertically-oscillating circular cylinder close to the sea bed: the role of viscosity

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Alessio Pierro

Techfem S.p.a.

Enrico Tinti

SPS Fano S.r.l.

Stefano Lenci

Polytechnic University of Marche

Maurizio Brocchini

Polytechnic University of Marche

Giuseppina Colicchio

CNR Insean, Marine Technology Research Institute

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4037247 History: Received November 25, 2016; Revised June 05, 2017


The flow around an oscillating cylinder close to a horizontal solid boundary is studied to gather information about the load acting on pipelines while they are laid on the sea bottom. The problem is simplified assuming that the pipeline section is rigid and oscillates harmonically only in the normal-to-seabed direction so that the problem can be tackled in two dimensions. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver is used to take into account viscous effects in the hypothesis of laminar flow conditions. This best suits the conditions of pipeline layering when the Reynolds number, Re=U_m·D/v, ranges in order of 450-120000, while the Keulegan-Carpenter number, KC=U_m·D/T, ranges in order of 0.45-2. Nonetheless, boundary layer separation and vortex shedding are considered. Focus is on the determination of the lift force for which a novel analytical approximate expression is proposed. Such an analytical result can provide useful support to the studies related with the structural analysis of the pipe laying.

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