Introduction to pipeline flow-induced vibration
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Pipeline and piping vibration can cause a range of issues from reduced process efficiency and unplanned shutdowns to decreased equipment life or even loss of containment. It is an issue for engineers designing systems in many industries and has been of specific concern in subsea oil and gas in recent years. This article focuses on the phenomenon termed flow-induced vibration (FIV), where the internal flow of process fluids within a pipeline or piping system causes some form of vibration of the pipe.