RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Optimum Design of Submarine Suspended Pipelines

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Z. Huang

Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

A. Seireg

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisc. 53706

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(3), 335-341 (Sep 01, 1985) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231196 History: Received January 24, 1984; Revised September 28, 1984; Online October 22, 2009


Almost all submarine pipelines are currently laid on the sea floor. This practice is inherently expensive and the system is difficult to maintain and has a high possibility of excessive bending stress. The concept of suspending a pipeline under the ocean surface is investigated in the reported study. An optimum design algorithm is developed which can minimize the dynamic oscillation and the tensile stress of the pipeline resulting from the wave excitation. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the optimization procedure.

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