MAPS (Monash Advanced Pipe testing System)

A special sophisticated 2D actuator setup (Monash Advanced Pipe System or MAPS) was purpose built to simulate the pipe walking on a model clay seabed. Element pipe testing was conducted for both drained and undrained pipe displacement rates. The results led to the characterisation of the governing parameters on the axial pipe-soil interaction behaviour.

Figure 1: Image of actuators from the MAPS setup.
Figure 1: Image of actuators from the MAPS setup for pipe movements.

Figure 2: MAPS testing setup

Figure 2: MAPS setup for pipe movements.

Figure 3: Initial pipe embedment.

Figure 3: Initial pipe embedment.


More details and the outcome of these experiments can be found in the following literature:

  • Amarasiri, A. L., J. K. Kodikara, Costa, S. (2011). "Numerical modelling of desiccation cracking." International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 35(1): 82-96.
  • Nahlawi, H. and Kodikara, J. K. (2006). Laboratory experiments on desiccation cracking of thin soil layers, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, vol. 24, 1641-1664.
  • Kodikara, J. K., Nahlawi, H. and Bouazza, A. (2004). Modelling of curling in desiccating clay, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 41, 560-566.
  • Costa, S., Kodikara, J. & Thusyanthan, N. I. (2008). Modelling of desiccation crack development in clay soils. Proc. 12th International Conference of IACMAG, Goa, India, 1099-1107

Other burried pipeline and offshore pipeline research conducted at Monash University