To transport highly viscous crude oil efficiently through pipelines, some electric heating systems have been conventionally used. But they include heating cables or tubes, which are troublesome in submarine pipeline construction. A new electric heating system without a cable has been developed and is applicable to long-distance submarine pipelines. This system has a coaxial steel pipe structure, using the pipes as a heater by applying AC current to this coaxial circuit. In this paper, electromagnetic analysis on this system, experimental study using a 30-m length test pipeline, and mechanical tests on the electric insulating structure of the system are described.

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