Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080467320, 9780080551401

Mechanics of Offshore Pipelines

1st Edition

Volume 1 Buckling and Collapse

Authors: Stelios Kyriakides Edmundo Corona
eBook ISBN: 9780080551401
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080467320
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 22nd June 2007
Page Count: 448
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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.

Key Features

  • New and classical problems addressed - investigated through a combination of experiments and analysis
  • Each chapter deals with a specific mechanical problem that is analyzed independently
  • The fundamental nature of the problems makes them also applicable to other fields, including tubular components in nuclear reactors and power plants, aerospace structures, automotive and civil engineering structures, naval vehicles and structures


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.

Table of Contents

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-Lee model


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About the Author

Stelios Kyriakides

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Mater, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Edmundo Corona

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA