Vibration Frequencies of Buried Pipelines

by Leon Ru-Liang Wang, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 71-89

Document Type: Journal Paper


To aid the research on seismic vulnerability, behavior and design of underground piping system, this paper develops and provides the basic fundamentals of dynamics of buried pipelines. The dynamic fundamental frequencies of continuously elastic-supported straight pipelines subjected to axial, torsional and flexural motions. Various boundary conditions, which can represent the actual construction, have been considered. Using a finite element and consistent mass approach, the matrix formulation of buried pipeline is developed.

Subject Headings: Buried pipes | Vibration | Seismic design | Seismic tests | Pipeline design | Elastic analysis | Torsion | Flexural strength

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