New approaches to wear optimization for a laying pipe

E. Cody, R. Howes, L. Hu, M. Lapa, K. Park, J. Pohlmeyer, D. Sondak, B. Tilley, M. Valcarce, W. Woodruff

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This project report reviews several extensions to prior research involving the optimal design of a steel laying pipe. A team of graduate and undergraduate researchers explored three different aspects of the pipe-laying problem, each of which attempt to minimize or evenly distribute the wear the pipe experiences during operation. These three areas are (1) functional minimization to determine a boundary value problem which the minimal-wear pipe should solve, (2) gradient-descent algorithm to find the
minimal-wear pipe from a finite-dimensional search space, and (3) analysis of the force and torque balance equations to determine how internal moments in the pipe affect the wear the pipe suffers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGSMM Camp Report
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2010


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