The characteristics of a model pipeline plough

M. J. Brown, F. Simon-Soberon, M. F. Bransby

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

    9 Citations (Scopus)


    The performance of full scale seabed pipeline ploughs has been investigated through a series of 1/50th scale laboratory model plough tests. The tests have been undertaken in both dry and saturated sand tests prepared at various relative densities. The relationship between plough tow force and displacement is presented for the model plough for different soil and plough loading conditions. It is shown that model tow loads when scaled up can be used to verify empirical plough performance models developed from full scale field conditions. However to closely match field conditions there is a need to increase the magnitude of "static" drag coefficients which has been attributed to excessive soil dilation associated with low effective stresses when carrying out small scale laboratory studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhysical modelling in geotechnics
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 6th ICPMG '06, Hong Kong, 4 - 6 August 2006
    EditorsC. W. W. Ng, Y. H. Wang, L. M. Zhang
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9780415889292
    ISBN (Print)9780415415866
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event6th international conference on physics modelling in geotechnics - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Duration: 4 Aug 20066 Aug 2006


    Conference6th international conference on physics modelling in geotechnics
    Country/TerritoryHong Kong
    CityHong Kong


    • Effective stress
    • Field conditions
    • Full scale
    • Laboratory models
    • Laboratory studies
    • Loading condition
    • Performance model
    • Relative density
    • Saturated sand
    • Small scale


    Dive into the research topics of 'The characteristics of a model pipeline plough'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this