Variation of tow force with velocity during offshore ploughing in granular materials

Keith Duncan Lauder, Michael John Brown, Mark Fraser Bransby, Scott Gooding

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    Pipeline plough behaviour has been investigated by means of reduced scale physical model testing. A testing programme was devised to investigate the influence of permeability, relative density, and plough depth on the associated tow force measured during ploughing over a range of velocities in saturated granular material. An increase in tow force with velocity was found during all of the tests and the results have been compared to previously developed analytical models. A new empirical equation has been developed to describe the change in tow force with velocity for a variety of model siliceous sand conditions. Application of this new approach to full-scale ploughing requires consideration of scaling effects and the use of appropriate input parameters determined to replicate field conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1244-1255
    Number of pages12
    JournalCanadian Geotechnical Journal
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Comparative Assessment of Pipeline Plough Performance Prediction Models Against Field Experience in Sand

    Brunning, P., Ashton, G., Brown, M., Robinson, S. & Lauder, K. D., 2020, Proceedings of the 30th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, 7 p.

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  • Centrifuge testing to verify scaling of offshore pipeline ploughs

    Robinson, S., Brown, M., Matsui, H., Brennan, A., Augarde, C. E., Coombs, W. M. & Cortis, M., 14 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. 19, 6, p. 305-317 13 p.

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    The effect of buried fibres on offshore pipeline plough performance

    Brown, M. J., Bransby, M. F., Knappett, J., Tovey, S., Lauder, K. D. & Pyrah, J., 1 Nov 2015, In : Ocean Engineering. 108, p. 760-768 9 p.

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