Back to the Future

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  • Society for Underwater Technology

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Back to the Future

  3. Subsea Field Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. C. A. Jenman, P. J. Napier
      Pages 133-151
    3. Jens Chr. Lindaas, Kjartan Vartdal, Arnfinn Vika
      Pages 153-168
    4. George S. Robertson
      Pages 197-204
  4. Equipment Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. J. F. Dos Santos, P. Szelagowski, H. Manzenrieder, H.-G. Schafstall
      Pages 223-239
    3. D. B. Pye
      Pages 241-247
  5. Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. V. J. Humphrey
      Pages 251-254
    3. D. J. Burns, D. M. Deaves
      Pages 255-268
    4. T. J. R. Francis, D. J. Smith, J. J. W. Sykes
      Pages 275-282
    5. P. B. James, C. F. Lafferty, A. O. Brubakk
      Pages 283-287
    6. A. O. Brubakk, J. E. Jacobsen
      Pages 289-302
  6. Tomorrow’s World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. John Turner, David J. Yule, Joe Zanre
      Pages 319-331
    3. B. G. Murray
      Pages 347-354

About this book


The concept of using flexible, reelable pipe to transport liquids, gases, and vapours is not a new one. As early as the 1940s a steel braided elastomeric pipeline was developed for the Allied Forces in order to transport fuels to support the Normandy Beacheads. In fact, the longest flexible pipeline ever constructed is likely to be that laid across the English Channel as part of 'Operation Pluto'. The methodology used to handle and instal such pipe is also not new. Ellis (1943, London) in an early patent specification identifies three basic objectives for a flexible pipelining method. These are: prefabrication of the pipe onshore; coiling of the pipe on suitable drums or reels; and using such reels to lay pipe from anchored or motorised barges. The design concept for flexible pipe is also not a new invention given that flexible hoses and umbilicals have been in service for more than sixty years. A break-through was however achieved by the French Institute of Petroleum in the early 1970s when they developed an improved steel reinforced pipe structure having a high axial loading capaci ty which utilised corrosion and hydrocarbon resistant polymers to extend pipe service lifetime. This early pipe design utilised established cable making techniques to apply steel armour and axially and radially reinforce alternating layers of polymer sheaths. The pipe was primarily developed as a flowline for use in static seabed applications.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5569-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3544-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0952-1798
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