Numerical modelling of erosion and sedimentation around offshore pipelines

F.A. van Beek, H.G. Wind

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    In this paper a numerical model is presented for the description of the erosion and sedimentation near pipelines on the sea bottom. The model is based on the Navier-Stokes equations and the equation of motion and continuity of sediment. The results of the simulations have been compared with the results of tests in a large-scale facility. The agreement between the results of the simulations and the experimental results is good. The applicability of the method is twofold: firstly, the processes of erosion and sedimentation around bodies on the sea bottom can be simulated; secondly, the method can be used for the design of pipelines, including erosion stimulating elements, such as spoilers.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)107-128
    JournalCoastal engineering
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - 1990


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    • IR-72909

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