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Lateral instability and tunnel erosion of a submarine pipeline: competition mechanism
Shi YM(师玉敏)1,2; Gao FP(高福平)1,2

In submarine geological and hydrodynamic environments, either tunnel erosion or lateral instability could be initiated where there is a shallowly embedded pipeline. Unlike previous studies on the tunnel erosion of sand and the lateral instability of pipelines, in this study we performed correlation analyses on the competition mechanism for these two physical processes. By correlating the critical flow velocities of these two processes, the instability envelope for the pipe-soil interaction system is established, which can be described using three key parameters: the embedment-to-diameter ratio, the dimensionless submerged weight of the pipe, and the corresponding critical flow velocity. The analysis procedure is further proposed to first determine the instability mechanism and then the critical velocity of ocean currents. Our parametric study indicates that tunnel erosion is more prone to emerging than lateral instability with small embedment-to-diameter ratio values. With increasing pipeline embedment, tunnel erosion can be suppressed and lateral instability therefore occurs more frequently. Moreover, for light pipelines, lateral instability is more likely to be triggered than tunnel erosion.

KeywordSubmarine Pipeline Pipeline-soil Interaction System Lateral Instability Tunnel Erosion Competition Mechanism
Indexed BySCI ; EI
WOS IDWOS:000441525900016
WOS KeywordOn-bottom Pipeline ; Scour ; Resistance ; Stability ; Currents ; Onset ; Wave
WOS Research AreaEngineering ; Geology
WOS SubjectEngineering, Environmental ; Engineering, Geological ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China(11372319 ; Strategic Priority Research Program (Type-B) of CAS(XDB22030000) ; 11232012)
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Corresponding AuthorGao FP(高福平)
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Mech, Key Lab Mech Fluid Solid Coupling Syst, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Sch Engn Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Shi YM,Gao FP. Lateral instability and tunnel erosion of a submarine pipeline: competition mechanism[J]. BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT,2018,77(3):1069-1080.
APA Shi YM,&Gao FP.(2018).Lateral instability and tunnel erosion of a submarine pipeline: competition mechanism.BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT,77(3),1069-1080.
MLA Shi YM,et al."Lateral instability and tunnel erosion of a submarine pipeline: competition mechanism".BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 77.3(2018):1069-1080.
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