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RE: Long pipeline seismic design

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This is very much a team effort. The seismologist and geotechnical engineers will have to determine ground motions. The piping engineer and you will have to determine how to accommodate the movement in the pipe.

There are some references that you may find useful.

ASCE Monograph #15, "Guidelines for the Seismic Evaluation and Upgrade of Water Transmission Facilities", by Eidinger and Avila

NAVFAC Technical Report TR-2054-SHR, Proposed Seismic Design Criteria for Navy Hazardous Tanks and Pipelines and Commentary, by Ferritto (this is a bit dated but there it contains some good info).


There may be some additional state and local regulations.

Harold Sprague

From: joraljim(--nospam--at)
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Long pipeline seismic design
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:02:10 -0400

I have to design the structural supports for a 10 mile fuel pipeline.
The pipeline will be on sleepers above ground. Due the traveling of
the seismic waves, it is possible to have relative displacements
between two points if they have enough separation compared with the
wavelength. What is the criteria for the structural design? Who is
supposed to give the parameters for structural design, the geologist
or the geotechnical engineer? What codes apply here?

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