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Sensitivity Analysis of Buried Jointed Pipelines Subjected to Earthquake Waves

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DOI: 10.4236/ojer.2015.42007    4,139 Downloads   4,653 Views Citations


In this study, a number of nonlinear time-history dynamic analyses are conducted on a part of Tehran water distribution network to investigate its functionality during transient large ground motions. The network is of 950-meter length, consisting of ductile iron pipes segments of 6-meter length. Pipes are modeled using beam elements and springs characterize the connections. Considering the time lag between support inputs, and the nonlinear soil-pipe interaction, by scaling the amplitude of the Tab as earthquake record, incremental dynamic analysis is carried out on the network in two orthogonal directions and the sensitivity of the network response is examined. Furthermore, the effects of variations in soil damping and soil spring stiffness are also studied in the network analysis. Finally the effect of changes in angle between incoming wave and pipeline is considered on a simplified network. Results show that the points other than critical ones at network intersections remain almost intact and when the angle of incidence is 30 degrees the stress and rotation peak.

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Boorboor, A. and Hosseini, M. (2015) Sensitivity Analysis of Buried Jointed Pipelines Subjected to Earthquake Waves. Open Journal of Earthquake Research, 4, 74-84. doi: 10.4236/ojer.2015.42007.

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