Experimental study of vortex-induced vibrations of a pipeline near an erodible sandy seabed

B. Yang, F.-P. Gao, Y.-X. Wu, Dong-Sheng Jeng

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    Based on similarity analyses, a series of experiments have been conducted with a newly established hydro-elastic facility to investigate the transverse vortex-induced vibrations (VIVs) of a submarine pipeline near an erodible sandy seabed under the influence of ocean currents. Typical characteristics of coupling processes between pipe vibration and soil scour in the currents have been summarized for Case I: pipe is laid above seabed and Case II: pipe is partially embedded in seabed on the basis of the experimental observations. Pipe vibration and the corresponding local scour are usually two coupled physical processes leading to an equilibrium state. The influence of initial gap-to-diameter ratio (e/D) on the interaction between pipe vibration and local scour has been studied. Experimental results show that the critical values of V for the initiation of VIVs of the pipe near an erodible sand bed get bigger with decreasing initial gap-to-diameter ratio within the examined range of e/D (-0.25
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-309
    Number of pages9
    JournalOcean Engineering
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008


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