A Full-Scale Investigation Into Pipeline/Soil Interaction FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Michael J. Paulin, Ryan Phillips, Jack I. Clark

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Alan Trigg

NOVA Gas Transmission Limited, Calgary, AB, Canada

Ibrahim Konuk

Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Paper No. IPC1998-2091, pp. 779-787; 9 pages
  • 1998 2nd International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 2: Design and Construction; Pipeline Automation and Measurement; Environmental Issues; Rotating Equipment Technology
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 7–11, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4023-8
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


The ability of oil and gas pipelines to respond safely to soil movements is an important consideration in pipeline design and route selection. There are a number of suggested methods of analysing pipeline/soil interaction in the literature most of which consider the pipeline to be connected to the soil via a series of discrete nonlinear springs. Many of these methods have generally been based on soil/structure interaction studies developed for other types of buried structures such as anchor plates and vertical piles. There are few pipeline-specific theoretical or experimental results available for comparison and validation of accepted design/analysis methods. To remediate this lack of large-scale pipeline-specific data, a full-scale pipeline/soil interaction test facility has been established in St. John’s Newfoundland. This paper presents a description of the test facility, details on experimental procedures, and comparative results from lateral and axial testing in sand and clay.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
Topics: Pipelines , Soil
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