Cutting Pipeline Operational Costs Without Sacrificing Safety

June 2017, Vol. 244, No. 6

By Bruce A. Young and Jennifer O’Brian, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Pipeline operators are increasingly turning to software-based tools to predict pipeline failure and reduce the need for frequent manual field inspection. But how well do these models really predict the development of axial cracks and other pipeline flaws? In order to reduce field inspection costs without increasing the risk of an unexpected pipeline failure, operators need to have confidence that software models provide accurate and reliable predictions. Battelle has developed a new software solution that uses empirically derived and physics-based modeling to provide more complete and accurate life prediction than is possible with traditional software…

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