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VIV Solutions Completes Novel Umbilical Fairing Project with External Anti-Fouling Coating

VIV Solutions has recently completed an umbilical fairing project which included fairings with both rotational anti-fouling protection and external anti-fouling protection to keep drag at a minimum.  The umbilical, custom manufactured for a project in the Gulf of Mexico, required low drag to maintain a safe distance from other tubulars.

The need for low drag on an umbilical is common due to their low tension.  VIV Solutions manufactures fairings having the lowest drag that has been accurately measured (by testing on ...

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VIV Solutions Celebrates Our 10th Anniversary

VIV Solutions is celebrating our 10th anniversary!!  While we began formal operations in 2010, our team members have been busy testing and developing vortex-induced vibration (VIV) suppression devices since the 1980s.  Upon formation, we quickly combined our knowledge and experience to begin meeting customer needs and developing new products.

Building on the reputation of our team members, VIV Solutions has grown to become a leader in nearly all things pertaining to VIV, ranging from analysis to manufacturing of suppression devices for a wide ...

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Subsea Tieback Forum 2020

Join VIV Solutions at the upcoming Subsea Tieback Forum.  This exciting event will take place February 18-20 at the convention center in San Antonio, Texas.  Stop by booth #316 to learn more about our latest advancements in helical strake and fairing technologies.  As the industry’s leading experts, we look forward to addressing your VIV suppression needs and learning how we can support your next project!

VIV Solutions Founder Awarded 50th U.S. Patent

VIV Solutions congratulates its founder, Don Allen, who was recently awarded his 50th U.S. Patent. Dr. Allen who, along with his team at Shell Oil Company (including long-time colleague Dean Henning), pioneered the tall helical strake and the short fairing which together comprise most of the Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV) suppression devices in use today. He was awarded the patent along with his co-inventors Julie Dehne and the late Billy West.

Don received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from ...

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VIV Solutions Personnel Inducted into Oilfield Energy Center Hall of Fame

Pictured are (L-R): Don Allen, Steve Wong (representing Shell and Li Lee), J. Kim Vandiver, and Dean Henning

VIV Solutions team members Don Allen and Dean Henning were recently inducted into the Oilfield Energy Center Hall of Fame at a ceremony held during the 2019 Ocean Star Gala at the Westin Galleria Grand Ballroom in Houston.  Allen and Henning were inducted for their research and development work while employed with Shell Oil Company.  They were inducted along with Li Lee (both ...

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VIV Solutions’ SHEAR7 Report

SHEAR7 is the offshore industry’s leading tool for conducting vortex-induced vibration (VIV) analyses of deepwater risers and pipelines. Helical strakes and fairings are often installed on subsea structures to suppress VIV and mitigate the long-term effects of harsh environmental conditions, thereby lengthening the fatigue life ensuring safe operations.

As such, VIV Solutions has developed a new set of input coefficients that better match data measured during controlled laboratory experiments than the default SHEAR7 coefficients.  Our calibration exercise is intended to produce ...

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