Newly-developed high quality high frequency electric resistance welded (HFW) linepipes have recently been used in pipelines in reel-lay applications and low temperature service environments because of their excellent low temperature weld toughness and cost effectiveness. In order to clarify the applicability of these HFW linepipes to the seismic environment, a series of full-scale tests such as bending test with internal pressure and uniaxial compression test were conducted according to the seismic design code in Japan gas association (JGA).

Based on the above-mentioned full-scale tests, the safety performance of high quality HFW linepipe to apply to the seismic region is discussed in comparison with the mechanical properties in the small-scale tests such as the tensile and compression property of the base material and weld seam, especially focused on the strain capacity of HFW linepipe from the view points of full-scale performance and geometrical imperfection.

Test results of the bending test with internal pressure and the uniaxial compression were complied with the JGA seismic design code for the permanent ground deformation induced by lateral spreading and surface faults.

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