Buried steel pipelines often pass through harsh-environment regions, sometimes close to densely populated areas, and can be subjected to large plastic deformations due to landslides, ground settlements, liquefaction, or fault movement. In the context of strain-based design, consideration of pipe-soil interaction is fundamental for determining extreme ground-induced actions (strain demand), towards pipeline safety.
GIPIPE is a multi-discipline project, funded by RFCS program of the European Commission. It concerns buried steel pipelines subjected to ground-imposed permanent deformations, through an integrated approach that considers soil-pipe interaction. It involves novel experimental and numerical work, and aims at developing design guidelines, which complement existing design practice, towards ensuring pipeline integrity against geohazards, reducing the risk to the population and the environment, increasing pipeline operational reliability, and safeguarding the unhindered transportation of energy (oil & gas) and water resources.