An approximate method for determining the initial settlement of a submarine pipeline in cohesive marine soils was derived by use of analogy to theories developed for use with foundations on land. Equations and a graph provide upper and lower limits of the probable range of initial settlement in terms of the submerged weight of a unit length of the pipeline, soil cohesion, and the external pipe diameter. The limitations of soil sampling, the variability of soil cohesion along the route of a pipeline, and the need for experimental and field work on the determination of submarine pipeline settlement are discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 3rd Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, April 19-21, 1971.
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    Society of Petroleum Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Small, S W
    • Tamburello, R D
    • Piaseckyj, P J
  • Publication Date: 1972-3

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  • Accession Number: 00056182
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM