Marine riser response calculations are usually based on finite element or finite difference methods. This paper outlines the modal analysis method as an alternate approach for calculating marine riser time-dependent stresses. An example problem shows that five natural vibration modes give acceptable convergence and engineering accuracy. Dynamic response calculations are, therefore, greatly simplified as only a limited number of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions are needed. In addition, the time-dependent part of the solution can be determined from elementary single-degree-of-freedom-type equations.

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