Finite-Element Modeling of Offshore Pipeline Lateral Buckling

Tao Zhou, Yinghui Tian, David J. White, Mark J. Cassidy

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The accurate prediction of lateral buckling is crucial for offshore pipelines that are subjected to high temperature and internal pressure. As a challenging topic, modeling pipeline buckling involves geometric nonlinearity and complex pipe-soil interaction. This paper introduces a simple finite element modeling approach to simulate the pipeline lateral buckle behavior. After validation against established knowledge, a variety of parametric analyses were systematically performed to investigate the effects of out-of-straightness, seabed friction factor, elastic slip, internal pressure, and initial stress. This study aims to provide a practical numerical approach for pipeline buckling and conveys a better understanding of the key parameters that must be considered when modeling the pipeline buckling problem.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04019029
JournalJournal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


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