RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Free Span Vibrations of Submarine Pipelines in Steady Flows—Effect of Free-Stream Turbulence on Mean Drag Coefficients

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A. To̸rum

Division of Port and Ocean Engineering, Norwegian Institute of Technology, University of Trondheim, Norway

N. M. Anand

National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(4), 415-420 (Dec 01, 1985) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231212 History: Received April 09, 1984; Revised April 19, 1985; Online October 22, 2009


In this paper part of the results of a laboratory study related to free span vibrations of submarine pipelines in steady and wave-induced fluid flows are summarized. Tests have been carried out using an elastically supported rigid smooth circular cylinder close to a plane smooth boundary in steady flows with turbulence intensities of 3.4, 5.5, and 9.5 percent for four cylinder gap to diameter ratios, G/D equal to 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, and 3.0. The range of Reynolds numbers based on mean velocity of flow and cylinder diameter was 0.65·104 to 0.35·105 . Effect of turbulence intensity on the mean drag force and vibration amplitudes are discussed.

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