Analytical Model for the Strain Analysis of Continuous Buried Pipelines in Geohazard Areas

Gregory C. Sarvanis, Spyridon Karamanos

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In geohazard areas, buried pipelines are subjected to permanent ground-induced deformations, which constitute major threats for their structural safety. Geohazards include seismic fault movement, liquefaction-induced lateral spreading, slope instability or soil subsidence, and are associated with the development of severe strains in the pipeline. Calculation of these strains is necessary for assessing pipeline integrity. In the present paper, an analytical methodology is presented that allows for simple and efficient pipeline strain analysis in geohazard areas. The methodology is compared with existing more elaborate analytical methodologies and finite element predictions. The analytical formulation results in closed form expressions and the model contributes to better understanding of buried pipeline behavior subjected to permanent ground-induced deformations. The proposed methodology is directly applicable to fault actions, but it can be also applicable to a wide range of geohazards. Furthermore, using this methodology, one may predict the strains developed in the pipeline wall due to ground-induced actions in a simple and efficiently manner and is suitable for the preliminary design of pipelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date13 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


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