Dynamic compression is a critical issue for the viability of submerged lines used in offshore applications, especially for deepwater operations. The subject has been addressed both numerically and analytically. However, few experimental data exist in literature for validation purposes. The aim of this first paper is to present experimental results on the dynamic compression of rigid and flexible risers, obtained in towing-tank tests. Two small-scale models have been built, one emulating the dynamic behavior of a steel catenary riser (SCR) and the other corresponding to a much more flexible case. Uniform circular motion has been applied to the top of the line, representing the floating system oscillation. Four different amplitudes have been considered, each one of them with five different frequencies. The influence of current velocity has also been evaluated. Tension has been measured at the top. In this work the small-scale models and experimental setup are described and some comprehensive results are presented and discussed. In a companion paper, comparisons between theoretical (numerical and analytical) and experimental results are presented.

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