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Assessing Pipeline Integrity Using Fracture Mechanics and Currently Available Inspection Tools

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February 27, 2009


Dr. Kimberly Cameron, Senior Engineer in the Menlo Park, CA, office presented a paper entitled “Assessing Pipeline Integrity Using Fracture Mechanics and Currently Available Inspection Tools” at the Pipeline pigging and integrity management conference in Houston, TX on Feb. 12th.

This paper addressed the appropriate fracture mechanics needed to assess circumferential cracks under external axial loads and summarizes the current inspection capabilities for circumferential defects in order to assess pipeline integrity under axial loading conditions. Specific examples from a pipeline buried in an active landslide region were given as well as a general review of the available pipeline inspection tools and appropriate fracture mechanics. The paper will be published in the Journal of Pipeline Engineering.