Experimental and numerical modelling of buried pipelines crossing reverse faults

Hasan Emre Demirci, Subhamoy Bhattacharya*, Dimitris Karamitros, Nicholas Alexander

*Corresponding author for this work

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Fault rupture is one of the main hazards for continuous buried pipelines and the problem is often investigated experimentally and numerically. While experimental data exists for pipeline crossing strike-slip and normal fault, limited experimental work is available for pipeline crossing reverse faults. This paper presents results from a series of tests investigating the behaviour of continuous buried pipeline subjected to reverse fault motion. A new experimental setup for physical modelling of pipeline crossing reverse fault is developed and described. Scaling laws and non-dimensional groups are derived and subsequently used to analyse the test results. Three-dimensional Finite Element (3D FE) analysis is also carried out using ABAQUS to investigate the pipeline response to reverse faults and to simulate the experiments. Finally, practical implications of the study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-214
Number of pages17
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • 1-g scale models, buried pipeline, reverse faulting, permanent ground deformation, earthquake


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