Experimental measurement of monotonic and cyclic lateral resistance of risers and pipelines in Gulf of Mexico clays Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The location near the touchdown zone of a steel catenary riser at the seabed is a primary hot spot for fatigue assessment, with seabed stiffness having a major influence on the predicted fatigue life. This paper presents the results of laboratory model tests in the lateral direction with the motivation to appropriately capture the fundamental mechanism of soil interaction with the pipeline or riser in the lateral direction. The objectives of this study are to evaluate (i) the fundamental mechanism of soil interaction with the pipeline or riser in the lateral direction subjected to monotonic and cyclic loading, (ii) the evolution of lateral resistance with different (small to large) displacement amplitudes, (iii) the degradation of lateral resistance while increasing the number of cycles, and (iv) the recovery of the soil strength with time. The primary findings from the tests are that (i) the lateral resistance on the riserpipeline drops sharply after trench formation, (ii) the lateral resistance across the trench approaches zero and reaches a steady state at a large number of cycles, (iii) the shape of trenches depends on the lateral displacement amplitude and the initial penetration depth, and (iv) some regain in strength occurs after a period for consolidation.

published proceedings

  • CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Al-Janabi, H. A., Aubeny, C. P., Chen, J., & Luo, M.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Al-Janabi, Husham A||Aubeny, Charles P||Chen, Jinbo||Luo, Meng

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM