Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Analyses were conducted on the seismic performance of a proposed offshore gas flowline, which connects a manifold in 830-m water depth to a riser platform in shallow waters of the outer continental shelf. Climbing a 10-degree continental slope, the flowline will be installed on the seafloor underlain by deep carbonate sediments of sands and silty clays. Two types of analyses were performed for a critical segment of the flowline, where it traverses a narrow ridge flanked by two deep submarine canyons: (1) probabilistic analyses using simplified empirical methods; and (2) deterministic 2D and 3D analyses with FLAC using a nonlinear, effective-stress soil model fully coupled with an empirical pore-pressure generation scheme. Soil properties were derived from PCPT and T-bar data, Bender element tests, and monotonic and cyclic direct simple shear tests. The analysis results indicated an extremely small likelihood of liquefaction along the flowline, with only small deformations predicted to occur for ground motions with a return period of 5,000 years.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Seismic Performance Evaluation of a Submarine Gas Pipeline

San Diego, California

Analyses were conducted on the seismic performance of a proposed offshore gas flowline, which connects a manifold in 830-m water depth to a riser platform in shallow waters of the outer continental shelf. Climbing a 10-degree continental slope, the flowline will be installed on the seafloor underlain by deep carbonate sediments of sands and silty clays. Two types of analyses were performed for a critical segment of the flowline, where it traverses a narrow ridge flanked by two deep submarine canyons: (1) probabilistic analyses using simplified empirical methods; and (2) deterministic 2D and 3D analyses with FLAC using a nonlinear, effective-stress soil model fully coupled with an empirical pore-pressure generation scheme. Soil properties were derived from PCPT and T-bar data, Bender element tests, and monotonic and cyclic direct simple shear tests. The analysis results indicated an extremely small likelihood of liquefaction along the flowline, with only small deformations predicted to occur for ground motions with a return period of 5,000 years.