Fundamentals of Marine Riser Mechanics, 2nd Ed. - electronic book

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The definitive work on riser behavior, which will be of permanent value to engineers confronted by riser analysis problems whether they are university students or drilling veterans with extensive experience. This book is based on the author's 28 years of experience with riser analysis and, in particular, on his previous publications, some of which have become classics of riser literature. Basic principles governing riser behavior are presented and justified clearly. The primary parameters that influence riser behavior are identified and their influence illustrated using Excel spreadsheets provided on an accompanying CD-ROM. Readers will also be able to use these files with their own data. The spreadsheets are designed firstly to illustrate and confirm affirmations made in the text, but readers will also be able to use them to carry out their own simplified analyses.

In this new edition of Fundamentals of Marine Riser Mechanics, the six new chapters, which have been added to the original fifteen, provide further arguments to support effective tension as well as original analysis of helical buckling. Analytical methods are used to model all phases of the development of helical buckling within a riser, associated with flexing of the pipe within the seabed BOP and down hole. An entire chapter is devoted to the Macondo accident of 2010.

This book is a must-own for anyone who deals with riser technology, from the classroom student to the offshore drilling platform engineer.

Features and Benefits

  • Further arguments that confirm the validity of the Effective Tension concept, based on analysis of real forces applied to the pipe walls by internal and external pressures
  • Analysis of helically buckled pipes within casings, leading to exact expressions for all forces acting in and on a regular helix
  • Analysis of helix end sections that connect a regular helix to a centralised end point on the casing axis, taking into account applied end moments (restoring or disturbing). Proof that such end sections must always include a transition section, in contact with the casing wall, linking the regular helix to the section out of contact with the casing wall.
  • Analysis of drill-pipe deflection inside a seabed BOP and down hole, associated with helical buckling within a riser, with particular reference to the Macondo accident scenario.
  • Discussion of how and when planar buckling transforms into helical buckling
  • Appendices giving details of all required calculation methods
  • Three new Excel files, added to the original seventeen, to allow readers to perform further calculations with their own data


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  • Engineers
  • Management
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  • Students

About the Author

Charles Sparks has studied and worked on risers since the mid-1970s and has been recognized by his peers to be one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Until his retirement in 2003, he spent 29 years with the Institut Français du Pétrole where he ran many projects devoted to different kinds of riser, including including carbon fiber composite risers. Sparks has presented papers on riser topics at numerous conferences. He has also published articles in the ASME's Journal of Energy Resources Technology. He earned a master's degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Type: eBook
Pages: 446
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781593706340

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