Charles Sparks has written this definitive work on the fundamentals of riser mechanics, with the aim of increasing understanding of many aspects of riser static and dynamic behavior. 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 are clearly established using several different complementary approaches. The primary parameters that influence riser behavior are identified, and their influence is illustrated using 17 Excel files, provided on an accompanying CD-ROM, which readers are able to use with their own data. The files are intended primarily to allow readers to confirm the validity of statements made in the text, but they can also be used to for the simplified analysis of particular riser problems.This book is a must-own, for anyone who deals with riser design and analysis or with riser technology, from the classroom student to the offshore drilling platform engineer.
Introduction; Influence of tension and pressure on riser global stability stability, stresses and strains; Profiles and curvature of uniform risers and segmented risers - Influence of bending stiffness; Stress joint design; Riser bundles; Local bending between guides; Behavior of TTRs associated with floating platforms; Behavior of SCRs; Axial vibration of fixed risers; Axial vibration of hung-off risers; Riser transverse vibrations; 10 Appendices; 17 CD-ROM Excel programs.