Current industry standards used for incorporating in-line inspection (ILI) data in the quantification of mechanical damage defects are relatively narrow in scope. The primary reason for this is the industry standards evolved around ILI tool limitations that existed several years ago. In recent years, there have been new technological developments in areas such as ILI tool capacity, new applications of mathematical principles, and increases in the types of mechanical damage characteristics identified with ILI tools. It is the opinion of this paper’s authors that these new developments have created opportunities for better integrity decisions based on sound engineering principles, eventually leading to much broader industry standards as well as economic benefits for the pipeline industry. The primary purpose of this paper is to describe the results of a research and development project recently completed by Tuboscope Pipeline Services and the Battelle Institute, the objective of which was to develop an algorithm to quantify the severity of mechanical damage defects.

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