Abstract

This study investigates the effect of wave-induced boundary layer on the on-bottom stability of small-diameter pipelines laid on the seabed. An ω-based wall boundary condition is adopted, owing to its high mesh resolution down to the viscous sublayer to resolve the flow around the pipeline. By taking into account the wave boundary layer, the present numerical simulations predict required specific gravity for small-diameter pipelines close to the theoretical estimation by Cheng et al. (2016) and, as expected, much smaller than those recommended by DNV-RP-F109.

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