Offshore pipelines play a vital role in the transportation of hydrocarbon. In deep seas, pipelines laid on the seabed usually penetrate into the soil a certain amount. These pipelines might experience significant lateral movement during the operational period. The resistance to lateral movement depends on vertical penetration and berm formation around the pipe. Vertical penetration is a large deformation problem. Finite element modeling of vertical penetration of offshore pipeline in soft clay seabed in deep water is presented in this study. The modeling was performed using ABAQUS finite element software. Soil was modeled in an Eulerian framework and the pipe in a Lagrangian framework. Strain softening behavior and strain rate effects on undrained shear strength of clay was incorporated in ABAQUS FE software using user subroutines written in FORTRAN. The variation of undrained shear strength with depth is also considered. The results are compared with centrifuge test results and also with available solutions.

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