The Floating Spiral pipeline installation method consists basically in winding the pipeline into a huge floating spiral, and towing this assembly to the installation site, where the spiral is then unwound and lowered to the seabed. In this method the pipeline is fabricated onshore, as the spiral is created, under well controlled conditions and relatively relaxed time constraints. Therefore the welds can be better inspected, which allows for optimal control of quality in pipeline manufacturing. The first stage of the installation process by this method consists in setting the pipeline afloat and winding it elastically to form a large flat spiral. This stage is studied in a companion paper , to be also presented at IPC2008. The second stage consists in towing the floating spiral pipeline employing standard tugboats before laying it at the installation site. The objective of this work is, therefore, to present results of parametric studies for a large length pipeline at this second stage of the Floating Spiral method. The focus now is in the pipeline behavior under wave environmental conditions during transportation. Several numerical simulations are performed and the results are discussed and compared.
- International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
Numerical Simulation of the “Floating Spiral” Pipeline Installation Procedure: Second Stage, Spiral Transportation, Behavior Under Waves
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Jacovazzo, BM, Correˆa, FN, Albrecht, CH, Jacob, BP, Torres, FGDS, & de Medeiros, AR. "Numerical Simulation of the “Floating Spiral” Pipeline Installation Procedure: Second Stage, Spiral Transportation, Behavior Under Waves." Proceedings of the 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference. 2008 7th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 4. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. September 29–October 3, 2008. pp. 273-280. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC2008-64305
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