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Modelling Changes to Submarine Pipeline Embedment and Stability due to Pipeline Scour

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Scott Draper, Terry Griffiths, Liang Cheng, Hongwei An

University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

David White

University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Paper No. OMAE2018-77985, pp. V005T04A020; 11 pages
  • ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Pipelines, Risers, and Subsea Systems
  • Madrid, Spain, June 17–22, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5124-1
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


In this paper a beam bending model is combined with existing predictive formulas for pipeline scour to study changes to pipeline stability during scour and lowering. The model is introduced and demonstrated for a range of simplified conditions, including scour-induced lowering of a pipeline resulting from multiple uniformly spaced scour initiation points. The model is then used with a synthetic seabed generated with a variety of length scales. In this simulation the pipeline is ‘laid’ onto the seabed, leading to the formation of ‘natural’ initiation points for scour. The distribution and spacing of the initiation points (which are a function of the pipeline bending stiffness, tension and seabed roughness) lead to different rates of pipeline lowering and stability. The resulting model may be used within a probabilistic framework to estimate changes to pipeline stability resulting from sediment mobility and scour.

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