Impact of seabed slope on steel catenary riser touchdown zone response

A. M. Ogbeifun, S. Oterkus, J. Race, H. Naik, D. Moorthy, S. Bhowmik, J. Ingram

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Abstract: Several factors can affect the response of steel catenary risers (SCR) around its touch down zone (TDZ). These include the stiffness of the soil, the soil suction force on the riser TDZ, the soil degradation with cyclic TDZ loading, etc. Riser strength and fatigue response computation are usually performed considering flat seabed and with the use of rigid or linear (spring) riser soil interaction model. However, bathymetric information obtained for the SCR lay path on the seabed reveal complex seabed profile variation, indicating that the seabed is far from being flat around the SCR TDZ. This paper presents findings from an investigation conducted on the influence of seabed slopes on the strength and fatigue response of SCRs, using a non-linear (NL) riser soil interaction model. The responses of SCRs on positively and negatively sloped seabed (rotated about the static touch down point on flat seabed) are compared with responses of SCRs on flat seabed. From the results, it can be deduced that the SCR dynamic and fatigue responses may be overpredicted or underpredicted in magnitudes dependent on the slope deviation of actual seabed from a flat seabed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012018
Number of pages19
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational SENTA Conference 2020: The 5th International Conference on Marine Technology - Virtual
Duration: 7 Dec 20208 Dec 2020


  • steel catenary risers (SCR)
  • touch down zone (TDZ)
  • seabed slope
  • hang off (HO)


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