Finite element model of buried pipelines crossing strike-slip faults by ABAQUS/EXPLICIT

Hasan Emre Demirci, Subhamoy Bhattacharya, Dimitris Karamitros, Nicholas Alexander, Rao Martand Singh

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In seismically active regions, buried pipelines can be subjected to severe ground deformations due to faulting, landslides, lateral spreading and seismic settlement. The permanent ground deformations (PGD) may induce large strains in the pipeline. Prediction of those pipe strains is required to evaluate pipeline performance and to design earthquake resistant pipelines. Therefore, development of analytical or finite element (FE) model of the problem is necessary. The behavior of buried pipelines crossing faults have been analyzed by several researchers in the past using static analysis due to static nature of fault loading. Consequently, ABAQUS/Standard module is widely used to solve soil-pipeline interaction problems under faulting since it is capable of performing static/quasi-static analysis. In this study, an ABAQUS/Explicit model, which is mostly used for dynamic analysis, was developed to simulate pipelines crossing strike-slip faults considering an energy balance concept. The model results were compared to ABAQUS/Standard and analytical results for validation purpose. The comparison of the results shows that ABAQUS/Explicit module is a reliable tool to effectively analyze quasi-static loading problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Earthquake Engineering in Europe
Subtitle of host publication16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering-Thessaloniki 2018
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319757414
ISBN (Print)9783319757407
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2018
Event16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Thessaloniki - 2018 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 18 Jun 201821 Jun 2018
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
PublisherSpringer Link
ISSN (Print)1573-6059


Conference16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Abbreviated title16ECEE
Internet address


  • buried pipelines; permanent ground deformations, soil-pipe interaction; quasi-static analysis


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