Three-Dimensional Seismic Response Analysis of Buried Continuous or Jointed Pipelines

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S. Takada

Civil Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

K. Tanabe

The Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 109(1), 80-87 (Feb 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3264859 History: Received January 08, 1986; Revised June 03, 1986; Online November 05, 2009


This paper presents a three-dimensional quasi-static analysis of continuous or jointed pipelines. Transfer Matrix Method was applied to the analysis providing for nonlinear behaviors of joints and soil frictions. An improved computer program ERAUL-II (E arthquake R esponse A nalysis of U nderground L ifelines-II ) was developed for numerical computations. First, numerical response analyses were carried out for three-dimensional pipe systems with steel or cast iron pipe materials subject to large ground deformations or seismic ground motions. Analytical results show that torsional properties of pipes are also important factors for seismic behavior, which cannot be known by two-dimensional analyses. Second, experimental test data of three-dimensional steel pipe systems were simulated by using the ERAUL-II program. Simulated results agree well with the experimental values.

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