Structural Mechanics and Design of Metal Pipes

Structural Mechanics and Design of Metal Pipes

A systematic approach for onshore and offshore pipelines

1st Edition - December 1, 2022

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  • Author: Spyros Karamanos
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886635

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Structural Mechanics and Design of Metal Pipes: A systematic approach for onshore and offshore pipelines presents a unified and systematic approach to understanding and analyzing the structural behavior of onshore and offshore metallic pipelines. Following an overview of pipeline engineering and pipe fabrication, the mechanics of elastic rings and cylinders is presented as a prelude to structural performance of metal pipes under various loading conditions, which involve pressure and structural loads. The book also discusses special topics, such as geohazards and strain-based design, large-diameter water pipelines, global buckling and mechanically-lined pipes, and outlines approaches for developing state-of-the-art finite element models. In all topics addressed in this book, the mechanical behavior of pipes is related with specific design methods for onshore and offshore pipelines.

Key Features

  • Reflects the author’s 30-year experience in structural mechanics of pipes and tubulars
  • Describes the structural performance of onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Addresses key features of pipe mechanics to both practicing engineers and researchers
  • Covers a wide spectrum of pipe behavior from the pipe mill to service conditions
  • Presents the background of structural design provisions in major pipeline standards


Researchers in pipeline mechanics; pipeline engineers; Graduate students

Table of Contents

  • Foreword




    1. Introduction to Pipeline Engineering

    2. Line Pipe Manufacturing


    3. Structural Mechanics of Elastic Rings

    4. Structural Mechanics of Elastic Cylinders

    5. Mechanical Behavior of Metal Pipes Under Internal and External Pressure

    6. Metal Pipes and Tubes Subjected to Structural Loads


    7. Basic onshore pipeline mechanical design

    8. Offshore pipeline mechanical design

    9. Pipeline Analysis and Design in Geohazard Areas


    10. Buried Steel Water Pipeline Design and Analysis

    11. Global Buckling of Pipelines

    12. Mechanically-lined pipes


    A- Constitutive equations for linear elastic cylinders

    B- Column buckling

    C- Inelastic bending and the plastic hinge concept

    D- Metal Plasticity Fundamentals

    E- Geometry and equilibrium of plastic collapse mechanism

    F- End effects on internally pressurized thin-walled cylinders

    G- Stresses in thick-walled pressurized cylinders

    H- Glossary

    Instead of an Epilogue

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: December 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886635

About the Author

Spyros Karamanos

Spyros A. Karamanos is Professor of Structural Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece. He has a Diploma in Civil Engineering from NTU Athens, Greece, and a PhD in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA. From 2016-2019 he also served as Chair of Structural Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He teaches Structural Mechanics and Finite Element Methods, and specializes in structural performance of energy infrastructure systems, with emphasis on pipeline mechanics and integrity. His research focuses on buckling and fatigue of steel pipelines, and tubular structures, using finite element models supported by experimental testing. His research has been supported by numerous research projects with the participation of industrial partners. He has published over 85 papers in refereed journals, over 150 papers in conference proceedings, and 2 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Structural Mechanics, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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