Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines
Volume 1 Buckling and Collapse
- Stelios Kyriakides, Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Mater, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
- Edmundo Corona, Dept. of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
Offshore oil and gas production was conducted throughout the entire 20th century, but the industryâs modern importance and vibrancy did not start until the early 1970s, when the North Sea became a major producer. Since then, the expansion of the offshore oil industry has been continuous and rapid. Pipelines, and more generally long tubular structures, are major oil and gas industry tools used in exploration, drilling, production, and transmission. Installing and operating tubular structures in deep waters places unique demands on them. Technical challenges within the field have spawned significant research and development efforts in a broad range of areas.Volume I addresses problems of buckling and collapse of long inelastic cylinders under various loads encountered in the offshore arena. Several of the solutions are also directly applicable to land pipelines. The approach of Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines is problem oriented. The background of each problem and scenario are first outlined and each discussion finishes with design recommendations.
Aimed at the practicing professional, but can also serve as a graduate level text for inelastic design of tubular structures. Entry-level graduate school background in nonlinear structural and solid mechanics, and working knowledge of issues in structural stability and numerical methods should make going through the analytical developments easier.