A European RFCS research program
July 2011 – June 2014

The GIPIPE research project investigates the mechanical behaviour and structural integrity of buried steel pipelines, subjected to severe ground-induced permanent action – including tectonic (quasi-static) effects, slope movements, and excavation-induced displacements – using advanced experimental techniques and high-performance numerical simulations. GIPIPE, through a multi-disciplinary partnership, combines geotechnical engineering concepts with pipeline engineering practice, considering the particularities of buried steel pipelines, with emphasis on soil-pipeline interaction effects. The final objective of GIPIPE is the development of a complete set of design guidelines and operational recommendations for buried steel pipelines, in areas where ground-induced actions are likely to occur. [more]

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