Subsea Pipeline Design, Analysis, and Installation

1st Edition

Authors: Qiang Bai Yong Bai
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123868886
eBook ISBN: 9780123868893
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 14th March 2014
Page Count: 824
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As deepwater wells are drilled to greater depths, pipeline engineers and designers are confronted with new problems such as water depth, weather conditions, ocean currents, equipment reliability, and well accessibility. Subsea Pipeline Design, Analysis and Installation is based on the authors' 30 years of experience in offshore. The authors provide rigorous coverage of the entire spectrum of subjects in the discipline, from pipe installation and routing selection and planning to design, construction, and installation of pipelines in some of the harshest underwater environments around the world. All-inclusive, this must-have handbook covers the latest breakthroughs in subjects such as corrosion prevention, pipeline inspection, and welding, while offering an easy-to-understand guide to new design codes currently followed in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, and other countries.

Key Features

  • Gain expert coverage of international design codes
  • Understand how to design pipelines and risers for today's deepwater oil and gas
  • Master critical equipment such as subsea control systems and pressure piping


Piping Engineers, Designers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Engineers and Chemical Engineers, Project Production Engineer, and Project Reservoir Engineer

Table of Contents



Part I Mechanical Design

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Design Stages and Process

3. Design through Analysis

4. Pipeline Design Analysis

5. Finite Element Analysis

2. Wall Thickness and Material Grade Selection

1. Introduction

2. Material Grade Selection

3. Pressure Containment Design

4. Equivalent Stress Criterion

5. Hydrostatic Collapse

6. Buckle Arrestors

3. Buckling and Collapse of Metallic Pipes

1. Introduction

2. Analytical Solution of Limit Moment

3. Finite Element Analysis

4. Guidelines for Bending Strength Calculations

4. Limit-State Based Strength Design

1. Introduction

2. Stress Based Design and Strain Based Design

3. Ultimate Limit State

4. Serviceability Limit State

5. Fatigue Limit State

6. Accidental Limit State

Part II Pipeline Design

5. Hydraulic and Thermal Analysis of Subsea Pipelines

1. Introduction

2. Crude Oil Transportation Pipelines

3. Gas Transmission Pipelines

4. Hydraulic Analysis of Oil-Gas Production Pipelines

5. Water Transportation Pipelines

6. Commercial Software for Design and Analysis

6. Soil and Pipe Interaction

1. Introduction

2. Pipe Penetration in Cohesive Soil

3. Pipe Penetration in Noncohesive Soils

4. Axial Load–Displacement Response of Pipelines

5. Lateral Load–Displacement Response of Pipelines

7. Hydrodynamics around Pipes

1. Introduction

2. Wave Theory

3. Steady Currents

4. Hydrodynamic Forces

8. Finite Element Analysis of In Situ Behavior

1. Introduction

2. Finite Element Modeling of the Pipeline System

3. Procedure and Load Steps in Finite Element Analysis

4. Element Types Used in the Model


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About the Author

Qiang Bai

Dr. Qiang Bai obtained a doctorate for Mechanical Engineering at Kyushu University, Japan in 1995. He has more than 20 years of experience in subsea/offshore engineering including research and engineering execution. He has worked at Kyushu University in Japan, UCLA, OPE, JP Kenny, and Technip. His experience includes various aspects of flow assurance and the design and installation of subsea structures, pipelines and riser systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Offshore Pipelines & Risers (OPR) Inc.

Yong Bai

Dr. Yong Bai obtained a Ph.D. in Offshore Structures at Hiroshima University, Japan in 1989. He is currently President of Offshore Pipelines and Risers (OPR Inc., a design/consulting firm in the field of subsea pipelines, risers and floating systems. In the 1990's, he had been a technical leader for several Asgard Transport pipeline and flowline projects at JP Kenny as Manager of the advanced engineering department. Yong was previously a lead riser engineer at Shell and assisted in offshore rules development at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as Manager of the offshore technology department. While a professor, he wrote several books and served as a course leader on the design of subsea pipelines and irsers as well as design of floating systems. He also serves at Zhejiang University in China as professor.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Offshore Pipelines & Risers (OPR) Inc.