Estimating On-Bottom Stability of Offshore Pipelines in Shallow Waters of the Gulf of Guinea
International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Applications
Volume 4, Issue 3, June 2016, Pages: 115-122
Received: May 14, 2016;
Accepted: May 24, 2016;
Published: Jun. 13, 2016
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Ogbonda Douglas Chukwu, Offshore Technology Institute, ETF Gas Engineering Building, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Chinwuba Victor Ossia, Offshore Technology Institute, ETF Gas Engineering Building, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
C. O. Akhigbemidu, Project Masters Nigeria Limited, East-West Road, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Pre-installation Stability analyses of pipelines are required to prevent lateral and upheaval buckling in service. In this study, the hydrodynamic forces associated with an offshore pipeline is analyzed, thereby determining limiting steel wall-thickness and submerged weight necessary to prevent collapse and propagation buckling, contain pressure and ensure on-bottom stability. Relevant design equations, Codes and Procedures were integrated to create a comprehensive platform for analyzing lift, drag and inertia forces acting on submerged pipelines. Hence, a user friendly template with multiple design settings has been developed with MathCAD® for on-bottom stability analyses. The analysis tool is based on the absolute lateral stability method in DNV RP F109. A case study of Φ762 mm x 34 km pipeline to be installed Offshore Escravos, Gulf of Guinea is simulated and analyzed using the design tool developed. Pipeline behavior under different environmental and pipeline conditions such as water depth, wave height, steel and concrete thickness were investigated. The results showed that concrete and steel wall thicknesses are the most critical parameters in the on-bottom stability of offshore pipelines. With a determined optimal wall thickness of 20.6mm, concrete thicknesses of 78.796 mm, 61.386 mm, 53.043 mm and 42.58 mm corresponding to 5 m, 10 m, 15 m and 20 m water depths, respectively were obtained. Also, the results showed that for pipes OD > Φ32.5 in (Φ825.5 mm) alternative stability methods may be required as the necessary concrete thickness may exceed allowable limits.
Ogbonda Douglas Chukwu,
Chinwuba Victor Ossia,
C. O. Akhigbemidu,
Estimating On-Bottom Stability of Offshore Pipelines in Shallow Waters of the Gulf of Guinea, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Applications.
Vol. 4, No. 3,
2016, pp. 115-122.
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