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Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines

Volume 1 Buckling and Collapse

Offshore oil and gas production was conducted throughout the entire 20th century, but the industry’s 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.

Hardbound, 448 Pages

Published: June 2007

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-046732-0


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Offshore facilities and pipeline installation methods
    Chapter 3: Pipe and tube manufacturing processes
    Chapter 4: Buckling and collapse under external pressure
    Chapter 5: Collapse of UOE pipe under external pressure
    Chapter 6: Collapse of dented pipes under external pressure
    Chapter 7: Buckling and collapse under combined external pressure and tension
    Chapter 8: Inelastic response, buckling and collapse under pure bending
    Chapter 9: Buckling and collapse under combined bending and external pressure
    Chapter 10: Inelastic response under combined bending and tension
    Chapter 11: Plastic buckling and collapse under axial compression
    Chapter 12: Combined internal pressure and axial compression
    Chapter 13: Elements of plasticity theory
    Appendix A: Mechanical testing
    Appendix B: Plastic anisotropy in tubes
    Appendix C: The Ramberg-Osgood stress-strain fit
    Appendix D: Sanders' circular cylindrical shell equations
    Appendix E: Stress-strain fitting for the Dafalias-Popov model
    Appendix F: Stress-strain fitting for the Tseng-Leemodel


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