Helical strakes are known to reduce and even eliminate the oscillation amplitude of vortex induced vibrations (VIV). This reduction will increase fatigue life, and also reduce drag magnification from cross-flow vibrations. But sections with strakes will also have a larger drag coefficient than the bare riser. Hence, the extension of a section with strakes along a riser should be large enough to reduce oscillations, but not too long in order to limit drag forces from current and waves. The optimum length and position for a given riser will therefore vary with current profile. Dynamic response from waves should also be taken into account. The purpose of the present paper is to illustrate the influence from strakes on VIV, as well as on static and dynamic response for a drilling riser. Hydrodynamic coefficients for a cylinder with helical strakes are found from experiments and applied in an empirical model for the analysis of VIV. The result from the VIV analysis is used for a second calculation of drag forces that are applied in an updated static analysis. Dynamic stresses from regular waves are also presented, but VIV are not considered for these cases. A simple study of length and position of the section with strakes is carried out for some standard current profiles. Results are presented in terms of oscillation amplitudes, fatigue damage, bending stresses and riser angles at ends. The study is based on test data for one particular strake geometry, but the analysis method as such is general, and the computer programs used in the study can easily apply other test data.

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