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The role of pipeline-soil interaction in the stability of pipelines

School of Engineering

About the Project

The axial resistance to movement of a marine pipeline is an important factor in the assessment of the stability of subsea and onshore pipelines. Furthermore, the axial resistance of a pipeline is an important component in various geotechnical design applications. A number of factors are responsible for evaluating the axial resistance such as pipe displacement, relative roughness of the pipe-soil interface and the conditions at which the mobilization is taking place (drained or undrained). Current design of pipelines is based on empirical pipeline-soil interaction model that cannot be applied to a wide range of situations/types of seabed in the field. The aim of this project is to develop and experimentally validate a phenomenologically based pipeline-soil interaction model for practical implementation in pipeline design standards.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Civil/Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science/Engineering, or Metallurgy.

Knowledge of: Geotechnics; Soil Mechanics; Solid Mechanics; Experimental Mechanics.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor A Ivanovic (), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

It is possible to undertake this project entirely by distance learning. Interested parties should contact Professor Ivanovic to discuss this.

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.


Ivanović A and Oliphant J., 2014, ‘Uplift mobilisation resistance of subsea pipelines in loose sand’ Geotechnique Letters, Vol. 4, 217 –222 (DOI): /10.1680/geolett.13.00066
Esmaeili M and Ivanović A, July 2015, ‘Analytical and numerical modelling of the interaction of rigid element with friction material’ In : Computers and Geotechnics. 68, p. 208-219 12 p.

Ziogos, A., Brown, M., Ivanovic, A. & Morgan, N., 3 Jun 2017, ‘Chalk-steel Interface testing for marine energy foundations’ In : PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING. 173, 3, p. 285-298 14 p., 1600112.

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