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Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines, Volume 2 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128170144

Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines, Volume 2

1st Edition

Buckle Propagation and Arrest

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Authors: Stelios Kyriakides Liang-Hai Lee
Paperback ISBN: 9780128170144
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 25th September 2020
Page Count: 452
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Buckle propagation is a problem unique to offshore pipelines, in which the local collapse of a locally weakened section of the pipe initiates a collapse that propagates at high speed catastrophically flattening the line by kilometers. The lowest pressure that can sustain the propagation of the collapse, the propagation pressure, is only a small fraction of the collapse pressure of the intact pipe. The large difference between these two pressures requires that pipelines be designed on the collapse pressure, and the extent of the potential catastrophic damage suffered is limited by the periodic introduction of buckle arrestors to the line.

Volume 2 of the book series Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines addresses the major aspects of buckle propagation including its initiation, establishment of the propagation pressure, and the dynamics of buckle propagation. Buckle propagation under tension, in pipe-in-pipe pipeline systems, and confined buckle propagation in tubulars such as grouted casing are examined in dedicated chapters. Three chapters deal with the performance of the most commonly used buckle arrestors under both quasi-static and dynamic buckle propagation. Each of these problems is studied through experiments, analyses, and large-scale numerical simulations. The results are used to provide empirical design equations and design guidelines on how to mitigate the effects of buckle propagation.

Key Features

  • Buckle propagation and arrest approached from both fundamental and applied points of view
  • Provides data, empirical design formulae, and design guidelines
  • Teaches how to analyze buckle propagation and mitigate its effects through experiment and modeling
  • Based on the 40-year research and practice of the most eminent researcher in the subject


Pipeline engineers; offshore engineers; petroleum engineers; pipeline designers; mechanical engineers; graduate-level petroleum engineers; graduate-level mechanical engineers; practicing engineers in pipeline maintenance and inspection

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Buckle Propagation in Offshore Pipelines and its Arrests
2 On the Propagation Pressure of Pipelines
3. Propagation Pressure Under Tension
4. Buckle Propagation in Confined Tubes and Liners
5. Buckle Propagation in Pipe-in-Pipe Systems
6. Dynamic Buckle Propagation
7. Quasi-Static and Dynamic Buckle Arrest
8. Integral Buckle Arrestors
9. Dynamic Performance of Integral Buckle Arrestors
10. Slip-On and Clamped Buckle Arrestors
11. Internal Ring Buckle Arrestors
12. Spiral Buckle Arrestors


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About the Authors

Stelios Kyriakides

Stelios Kyriakides is currently the John Webb Jennings Chair in Engineering and Professor n Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics for the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Director of the Research Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures, and Materials at UT. Stelios has had over 35 years involvement with the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry world-wide. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard and California Institute of Technology. He earned a B.Sc. (1st Class Honors) in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol, a MS and PhD, both in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He is active in many journals including Elsevier's Applied Ocean Research and the International Journal of Solids and Structures.

Affiliations and Expertise

John Webb Jennings Chair in Engineering, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Liang-Hai Lee

Liang-Hai Lee is currently a Principal Specialist with Genesis/Technip specializing in solid mechanics, computational mechanics, and design of buckle arrestors. Previously, he was a Post-doc fellow and Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of ASME, active in journals including Elsevier's Engineering Structures and International Journal of Solids and Structures. He earned a MS in Structural Engineering from Chung Hua University in Taiwan, and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas in Austin.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Specialist, Genesis/Technip, USA

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