Natural Hazards & Pipeline Infrastructure

Natural Hazards & Pipeline Infrastructure


Spyros A. Karamanos
School of Engineering
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Costas B. Papazachos
Department of Geology
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Pipelines are essential infrastructure components, for transmission and distribution of energy and water resources. They often cross harsh-environment regions, sometimes close to densely populated areas, and can be subjected to large deformations due to landslides, ground settlements, liquefaction, or tectonic fault movement. In the context of modern pipeline mechanical design, consideration of ground-induced actions due to extreme environmental events is fundamental for pipeline safety.

The present Workshop on “Natural Hazards and Pipeline Infrastructure” is motivated by the need for safeguarding pipeline integrity in harsh environments. It is aimed at presenting state-of-the-art applied research on the structural integrity of pipelines against natural hazards, with emphasis on geo-hazards and earthquake events.

The Workshop invites researchers and practicing engineers, with special interest on pipeline analysis, design and integrity, as well as assessment of geohazards related to pipelines, to present their papers and discuss their experiences on the effects of geo-hazards on pipelines. Both hydrocarbon (oil & gas) and water pipelines are of interest to this Workshop. A (partial) list of specific topics of interest is stated below:

  • Experiences of pipeline operators from natural hazards
  • Seismic performance of underground pipelines and above-ground piping
  • Experimental and numerical simulation of soil-pipeline interaction
  • Fault crossings of buried pipelines
  • Effects of liquefaction-induced displacements on pipeline integrity
  • Response of large-diameter water transmission pipelines in geohazard action
  • Pipeline strain-based design in harsh environments and geo-hazards
  • Novel methodologies for pipeline strain demand calculation in geo-hazard areas
  • Pipeline strain resistance under various loading conditions
  • Pipelines in slope instability areas
  • Marine geo-hazards across continental slopes
  • Marine (underwater)geo-hazard assessment
  • Mechanical design of pipelines in the arctic environment
  • Οnshore and offshore detection of geo-hazards
  • Seismic risk of pipelines in geo-hazard areas
  • Vulnerability of small-diameter distribution pipeline networks
  • Pipeline inspection and monitoring against ground-induced actions

For any additional information regarding the Workshop, please, feel free to contact the Workshop organizers.