The giant O-tube simulator is one of its kind in the world. It creates cyclonic conditions in a controlled experimental environment, demonstrating how seabed sediment and pipelines interact during storms.
The facility supports industry to improve pipeline designs – promoting safety, reducing risks such as pollution, and optimising infrastructure investment.
“Using observations from O-tube simulations, we’re developing new analyses for processes that control pipeline stability. A multi-disciplinary approach combining hydrodynamics, geotechnics and sediment transport is being used to help improve future pipeline designs,”
said Winthrop Professor Liang Cheng.
A collaboration between industry and UWA, the award-winning facility has the potential to change global industry design standards for pipeline structure and stability.