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Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth (2014) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference

Busan, Korea, June 15-20, 2014

Copyright 2014 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)
ISBN 978-1 880653 91-3 (Set); ISSN 1098-6189 (Set)

A Study on Piping Stress Analysis of Subsea Riser Base for HYSY111 FPSO in South China Sea
Ying Jiang, Xuanze Ju, Wei Fang, and Hanjun Yin
Engineering Company , Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd.
Tanggu, Tianjin, China

Currently a mature recommended practice has not yet been formed and
different products cannot be simply check with a uniform standard,
study should be taken on the subsea products piping stress analysis
with regarding the characteristics of each product. As typhoon case
needs to be specially considered in South China Sea which huge
influence the dynamic response of riser system with the motion of
floating platform, much more attention should be paid during the
SDRB piping stress analysis and piping system on SDRB should be
optimized to stand the reaction from riser system.

Subsea Dynamic Riser Base is an important equipment for floating

production platform mooring system, one end connected to rigid
pipeline, carrying a rigid pipeline thermal expansion load, the other end
connected to flexible riser, carrying the dynamic load of flexible riser,
so its function is a transition connection from flexible riser to rigid
pipeline and fixed the flexible riser on the seabed. On the other hand
as a typical subsea product, the design shall be satisfied with
requirements from the standards for subsea product. By studying the
stress analysis philosophy of topside piping and subsea pipeline,
physical model and procedure for piping stress analysis of SDRB have
been established, the conditions of the adverse design load have been
considered, combination of the static load from rigid pipeline and the
dynamic load from flexible has also been optimized. And
comparatively analysis with the AMSE, DNV and API standards for
piping stress of checking rules has been done, for SDRB belongs to the
subsea pipeline terminal product, the use of DNV standard to check its
process piping stress is recommended. Finally, the process piping stress
of SDRB has been calculated, and the results show that jacket pipe and
carrier pipe stress of SDRB process piping is satisfied with DNV
standard as a whole. As the bulkhead cannot be accurately simulated by
AutoPIPE software which using the FEA software ANSYS in detailed
analysis, and the checking results still meet the requirements of DNV

This paper will take SDRB for dynamic riser of Lazy S configuration
as the study object that describes the process piping stress analysis
method and checking criteria. Fig. 1 is the dynamic riser system of
FPSO, process flow of SDRB is shown in Fig. 2.

KEY WORDS: Subsea Product Design, Subsea Dynamic Riser Base,

Process Piping Stress Analysis


Fig. 1: Dynamic Riser System of FPSO( Lazy S Configuration)

= Floating Production Storage and Offloading (

= Pipe-in-pipe
= Subsea Dynamic Riser Base
= Utility Check

Subsea Dynamic Riser Base (SDRB) as a typical subsea product is an
important equipment for floating production system. It is not only an
important oil & gas transportation channel, but also is a key anchor
point for dynamic riser & cable transition to static (Fang Xiaoming,
2003; Li Peng, et al., 2010; Chen Jinlong, et al., 2011). For process
piping on the SDRB, one end connected to rigid pipeline, carrying a
rigid pipeline thermal expansion load, the other end connected to
flexible riser, carrying the dynamic load of flexible riser, which
determines the complexity of the process piping stress analysis.

Fig. 2: Process Flow of SDRB


Piping stress analysis is an important means to check whether a
reasonable layout of piping system (Bob Robleto and Jim Williams,
2010), for the process piping in the subsea product, the whole piping