Thermal Performance Verification of Thermal Vertical Support Members for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

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S. W. Pearson

Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, Tex. 77001

J. Energy Resour. Technol 101(4), 225-231 (Dec 01, 1979) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3446924 History: Received August 08, 1977; Revised August 21, 1979; Online August 19, 2010


Extensive soil temperature measurements have been taken for more than two years in a field test designed to monitor the performance of thermal vertical support members used to support elevated sections of the trans-Alaska pipeline as it crosses marginal permafrost. Thermal aspects of the design are summarized and soil temperature data are presented which demonstrate the ability of the overall thermal vertical support member system to protect the surrounding permafrost.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
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