J. Kim Vandiver's MIT research team works on Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV) of marine risers and cables. Current research topics include: 

  • Improving the VIV response prediction program (SHEAR7)
  • Conducting high mode number VIV field experiments
  • Modeling vibration suppression, including fairings and strakes
  • Modelling boundary conditions to further improve how we conduct model testing
  • High Reynolds number testing at prototype scales
  • Sources of damping in cables and risers and how to improve damping modelling in VIV prediction software
  • Analysis of field data from sensors installed on subsea risers and platforms
  • Using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to identify the most important parameters in flexible cylinder VIV experiments

This work is primarily sponsored by a Joint Industry Project which is informaly known as "the SHEAR7 JIP". This group has sponsored Prof. Vandiver’s VIV research for over 20 years. The current members are BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil, and Technip. The group has also received significant funding by the Office of Naval Research and another large group of companies known as 'DeepStar'.