Buckling behavior of thin-walled stainless-steel lining wrapped in water-supply pipe under negative pressure

Chunqing Lu, Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Xuefeng Yan, Baosong Ma, Yahong Zhao, Weigang Xiang

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This paper presents a study about the buckling behavior of thin stainless-steel lining (SSL) for trenchless repair of urban water supply networks under negative pressure. The critical buckling pressure and displacement (p-σ) curves, temperature changing curves, hoop and axial strain of the lining monitoring section and the strain changes with system pressure (p-ε) of the lining under the action of different diameters, different lining wall thickness and different ventilation modes were obtained through five groups of full-scale tests. The variation principles of the post-buckling pressure and the reduction regularity of the flowing section of the lining were further investigated. By comparing different pipeline buckling models and introducing thin-shell theory, the buckling model of liner supported by existing pipe was established. The comparison between the test results and thin-shell theory indicates that one of the significances of the enhancement coefficient k value is to change the constraint condition of the aspect ratio, l/R, thus increasing the critical buckling pressure of the lining. Finally, an improved lining buckling prediction model (enhancement model) is presented. A previous test is used as a case study with the results showing that the enhanced model is able to predict critical buckling pressure and lobe-starting amount of the liner, which can provide guidance for trenchless restoration of the liner with thin-walled stainless steel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6781
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021


  • Buckling and post buckling
  • Stainless-steel pipe
  • Thin-shell structure
  • Water supply

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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