Submarine buried pipelines may often interact with shallow layers of loose sand that are particularly prone to liquefaction. When liquefaction is triggered by environmental loading and/or mechanical vibrations, the soil tends to behave as a viscous solid-fluid mixture and the pipeline to undergo either flotation or sinking. While a few indications can be found in the literature on the triggering condition for flotation/sinking, no conclusive methods are available to estimate the displacement of the pipe when liquefaction cannot be avoided. This preliminary work shows that combining in numerical simulations fluid and soil mechanics may successfully serve such a goal. The proposed modelling approach is compared to the results of small-scale pipe flotation tests, with emphasis on existing knowledge gaps and indications for future research on the subject.

A CFD approach for the flotation analysis of pipelines in liquefied sand

M. Cremonesi;G. Della Vecchia
2019

Abstract

Submarine buried pipelines may often interact with shallow layers of loose sand that are particularly prone to liquefaction. When liquefaction is triggered by environmental loading and/or mechanical vibrations, the soil tends to behave as a viscous solid-fluid mixture and the pipeline to undergo either flotation or sinking. While a few indications can be found in the literature on the triggering condition for flotation/sinking, no conclusive methods are available to estimate the displacement of the pipe when liquefaction cannot be avoided. This preliminary work shows that combining in numerical simulations fluid and soil mechanics may successfully serve such a goal. The proposed modelling approach is compared to the results of small-scale pipe flotation tests, with emphasis on existing knowledge gaps and indications for future research on the subject.
Proceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019 Geotechnical Engineering foundation of the future
978-9935-9436-1-3
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