Propagating Buckle Arrestors for Offshore Pipelines

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T. G. Johns

Battelle Houston Research Center, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio

R. E. Mesloh

Applied Solid Mechanics Section, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio

J. E. Sorenson

Structures and Mechanics Department, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 100(2), 206-214 (May 01, 1978) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454453 History: Received September 12, 1977; Online October 25, 2010


When an underwater pipeline is buckled in the presence of sufficient external pressure, a propagating buckle is initiated, and the buckle front will propagate along the pipeline until a region of much less external pressure is reached. This paper describes the results of experimental research on methods of arresting the advancement of a propagating buckle along the pipeline. The arresting capacities of three types of buckle arrestors conceived during this program, free-ring, welded-ring, and heavy-walled section arrestors, are described in detail. Results of propagating pressure experiments are also presented.

Copyright © 1978 by ASME
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