Pipeline Storm Behavior on Clay Soils

by Derek V. Morris, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
Tony S. Yen, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
Wayne A. Dunlap, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
James R. Hale, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering in the Oceans V

Abstract: A series of transverse wave loading tests was conducted on a specially mounted section of pipe in a sediment-filled tank, to investigate the stability of unburied submarine pipelines under wave induced cyclic loading. A major objective was to investigate the vertical pipe displacement as a function of transverse wave loading, as this has an effect on the horizontal resistance of the sediment. A prediction model for the vertical displacement of the pipe has been developed from experimental results. These results are leading to a better understanding of pipe-soil interaction under storm conditions.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Cyclic loads | Pipelines | Vertical loads | Soil-pipe interaction | Underwater structures | Water waves | Sediment loads

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