October 2015, Vol. 242, No. 10

Features

Risk-Based Design of Pipelines, Risers

The production and transportation of hydrocarbon products involves complex process systems with components that are exposed to extreme operational and environmental conditions. To ensure safe and continuous operation, it is important to identify probable risk sources and assess the integrity of the pipeline to avoid accidental or catastrophic failures. A traditional integrity assessment can be a time-consuming, complex and expensive procedure for any pipeline or facility. However, incorporating a risk-based design is an alternative method to ensure a pipeline against time-dependent threats or risk sources, such as corrosion and cracks. The probability of failures can be minimized or avoi

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