The Study of Burial Depth and Risk Assessment of Submarine Power Cable

Zhi-gang ZHANG, Zhao-gang DING, Yi-jun DONG, Zhou-long YUAN, Hai-cheng TAO, Juan-juan WANG

Abstract


In this paper, the determination of submarine cable burial depth and risk assessment method are studied. The main objective of the method is to optimize the burial depth of submarine cable in terms of specifying an economically feasible buried depth which ensures a satisfactory level of protection and by acceptable risk. The risk factors influencing the burial depth of submarine cables were analyzed. The primary risk to which submarine cables are exposed is anchoring, while the environmental factor and the cable itself have relatively smaller impact and cannot be mitigated by burial. Then the calculation method of probability and depth of penetration of anchor deployment near a submarine cable were studied. The method can reduce the protection cost while providing the cable with better protection and to guide the specification of the burial depth of submarine power cables. Compared with traditional methods which relying on operational experience, the probabilistic analysis determines the burial depth based on the water depth and seabed conditions of different sections as well as the vessel traffic of the cable route which is an accurate and quantitative approach.

Keywords


Submarine power cable, Burial depth, Risk assessment


DOI
10.12783/dteees/gmee2018/27547

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