Vol 20, No 1 (2016) > Chemical Engineering >

A Comparison of American, Norwegian, and Russian Standards in Calculating the Wall Thickness of Submarine Gas Pipeline

Cindy Dianita 1 , Tatyana Vladimirovna Dmitrieva 2


  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia
  2. Faculty of Pipeline Transportation, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, 1 Kosmonavtov St,Ufa 450062, Russia


Abstract: One of the key issues in the pipeline design is wall thickness calculation. This paper highlights a comparison of wall thickness calculation methods of submarine gas pipeline based on Norwegian Standard (DNV-OS-F101), Indonesian Standard SNI 3474 which refers to American Standard(ASME B31.8), and Russian Standard (VN39-1.9-005-98). A calculation of wall thickness for a submarine gas pipeline in Indonesia (pressure 12 MPa, external diameter 668 mm) gives the results of 18.2 mm (VN39-1.9-005-98), 16 mm (ASME B31.8), and 13.5 mm (DNV-OS-F101).The design formula of hoop stress due to internal pressure is interpreted in different ways for every standard. Only Norwegian Standard requires calculating hoop stresses in the inner surface, which leads to a decreased value of the wall thickness. Furthermore, the calculation of collapse factor dueto external pressure is only regulated in Americanand Norwegian Standards while Russian Standard uses that factor as an intermediate parameter in calculating local buckling. For propagation buckling, either Russian or American Standard explains empirical formula of critical hydrostatics pressure as the input in propagation buckling calculation. This formula is almost similar to the empirical formula of Norwegian Standard. From the comparison of these standards, DNV OS-F101 gives more stringent requirements than others
Published at: Vol 20, No 1 (2016) pages: 45-48

Access Counter: 2611 views, 1575 PDF downloads, .

Full PDF Download


H. Moshagen, E. Gjertveit, S. Lund, R. Verley, New International Standards for Offshore Pipelines, Proceedings of the Eighth International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Canada, 1998, p.18.

M. Braestrup, J.B. Andersen, L.W. Andersen, M.B. Bryndum, N-J. Nielsen, Design and Installation of Marine Pipelines, Blackwell Science, Oxford, 2005, p.384.

Det Norske Veritas.Submarine Pipeline Systems DNV OS-F101, Det Norske Veritas, Oslo, 2007, p.240.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems B31.8. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 2003, p.200.

Gazprom, Нормы проектирования и строительства морского газопровода ВН39-1.9-005-98 (Standards Design and Construction of Submarine Gas Pipeline VN 39-1.9-005-98), Moscow, 1998, p.32.

B.N. Mastobaev, Y.B. Mastobaev, E.M. Movsumzade, Морская нефть: трубопроводныйтранспорт и переработка продукции скважин (Offshore Oil: Pipeline Transport and Processing ofProduction Wells), Nedra, Saint Petersburg, 2006, p.192.

Y.A. Goryanov, A.S. Fedorov, G.G. Vasilev, Морские трубопроводы (Offshore Pipeline), Nedra, Moscow, 2001, p.131.