Implementation of Tuned Vibration Absorbers for Above Ground Pipeline Vibration Control FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Mark A. Norris, Keith R. Ptak, Ben A. Zamora

Lord Corporation, Cary, NC

James D. Hart

SSD Engineering Consultants, Reno, NV

Paper No. IPC2000-115, pp. V001T02A005; 7 pages
  • 2000 3rd International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 1: Codes, Standards and Regulations; Design and Constructions; Environmental; GIS/Database Development; Innovative Projects and Emerging Issues
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 1–5, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4024-5
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


An overview of recent developments of tuned vibration absorbers (TVAs) for vibration suppression is presented. The paper summarizes some popular theory for analysis and optimal tuning of these devices, discusses various design configurations, and reviews the recent application of TVAs to control wind-induced oscillations of pipelines above the Arctic Circle. Although the wind-induced pipeline vibrations are relatively small, the accumulation of vibration cycles can cause fatigue at pipeline joints. The TVAs used in this application have reduced the RMS displacements of the pipeline by as much as a factor of seven. Additionally, the paper introduces a new overhead TVA installation on the pipeline for accommodating environmental considerations.

Copyright © 2000 by ASME
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