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Module Title
Design Of Subsea Pipelines

Pipeline, Design, Survey, Diameter, Wall thickness, Corrosion, Stability, Spans, Protection, Buckling, Protection, Hydrostatic Collapse, Anchoring, Walking, Fatigue, Insulation

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2007
ApprovedApril 2008
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

Normally a UK honours degree or equivalent, in Engineering or a related discipline at class 2.2 or above and proficiency in English language for academic purposes (IELTS minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent).
ENM226 Subsea Technology or 2 years of subsea pipeline engineering experience

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules

This module is not suitable for students following an MSc in Professional Studies programme unless they meet the entry qualifications stipulated in the University Regulations on admission and the prerequisites above.

Aims of Module

This module aims to extend the understanding of and to develop an ability, under supervision, to perform subsea and deepwater pipeline design calculations based on codes and industry guidelines.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify and critically review all stages in the design of subsea and deep water flowlines.
2. Perform and evaluate the design of subsea and deepwater flowlines, using current codes and guidelines, accounting for all appropriate design considerations.
3. Research and evaluate alternative options for flowline design and assess their advantages, disadvantages, significance and applicability.
4. Critically review the underlying principles and consequences of failure mechanisms in order to make appropriate recommendations on mitigation methods.

Indicative Module Content

Route selection, pipeline diameter, thermal design, material selection, design for strength, stability, expansion and buckling, pipeline spans and pipeline protection, lateral buckling, corrosion control, strain based design, protection of subsea pipelines, hydrostatic collapse, anchoring and walking, low cycle fatigue, insulation systems

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study


Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

The module will be delivered as a full time, intensive, short course, by means of lectures, tutorials, and student-centred learning activities over typically 6 days.
Students are supported after the short course by means of open and distance learning using supplementary materials available via the virtual campus.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4
Component 2 1,2,3,4

Component 2 is coursework and relates to the preparation of a short report presenting results and may also require use of appropriate technical applications software. The short report output is based around a series of projects, which will require students to plan and then apply taught principals in order to achieve set objectives. Supervision will be available throughout coursework, but the emphasis will be on students to identify missing information and carry out further independent research where necessary.

Learning outcomes covered in this module represent interrelated elements of the module topic. Component 1 are in class tests.

Indicative Bibliography

1.BAI, Y., BAI, Q., 2005. Subsea Pipelines and Risers, Elsevier Ocean Engineering
2.BSI PD 8010-2 Code of practice for pipelines Part 2: Subsea pipelines.
3.KAYE, D., LEDOUX, V., 2001. Reeled Pipe-in-Pipe for Ultra Deepwater, eepwater Offshore Technology Conference, Rio de Janeiro.
4.McALLISTER E.W., 1993. Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook, 3rd Edition. Gulf Publishing Company.
5.MURPHEY, C. E., LANGNER, C. G., 1985. Ultimate Pipe Strength Under Bending, Collapse and Fatigue, Proceedings of the 4th OMAE Symposium, Volume 1.


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