High Design Factor Pipelines: Integrity Issues

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Author(s)Hopkins P
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameInternational Pipeline Integrity Conference
Conference LocationSydney, Austrailia
Year of Conference2005
Legacy Date7-9 March 2005
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This paper considers the key design and operation parameters that affect a pipeline’s operational integrity. It then relates these parameters to pipelines with high design factors (above 0.72). It concludes that pipeline failure is dependent on many factors: design factor is one. However, in-service defects and damage have consistently been the major cause of pipeline failures in the developed world. This means that the safety of our pipeline is critically dependent on how we manage its condition during its service. The paper concludes with key recommendations for pipeline design and operation at high design factors.
PublisherWTIA, Australia