This paper describes The Draft Seismic Design Guidelines to Mitigate Upheaval Buckling of Small Diameter Pipes which were reported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2011. Upheaval buckling of small diameter gas pipes occurred in a high-pressure gas pipeline and three middle-pressure city lines due to the strong ground motion during the 2007 Niigata Chuetsu Offshore earthquake which was a powerful earthquake with moment magnitude of 6.6. A three year research program had been conducted since 2008 to investigate the upheaval buckling behaviors and develop seismic design guidelines to ensure seismic integrity of small diameter high-pressure gas pipelines and middle-pressure main distribution lines.

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