The paper describes a new practical method of updating the stochastic remnant life of pipelines with defects using ILI data. The paper describes a comprehensive algorithm for assessing pipeline remnant life taking into account the stochastic results of in-line inspection (ILI). It is assumed that the pipeline segment wall has a longitudinal external crack of semi-elliptical form and is described by the J-integral. The limit state function (LSF) is described as the difference of the critical and current value of the J-integral. The latter is calculated for the current time of pipe performance and is assumed known due to monitoring of the pumping equipment. The critical crack depth is defined using the notion of fracture toughness and the J-integral approach. The algorithm contains solutions of three sequentially interconnected problems. First, the deterministic problem of fatigue crack growth (FCG) is analyzed. Then the stochastic FCG is analyzed. The probability of failure assessment algorithm is designed on the basis of the authors’ version of the adaptive important sampling (AIS) procedure. The main steps of the AIS algorithm are described in detail. The samples are generated in such a way, that at all times a majority of samples belong to the fracture region. Finally, the results of the latest ILI are fused into the algorithm, providing best possible assessment of pipeline remnant life as a random variable. The remnant life update for pipeline segment with crack-like defects using ILI data takes into account three possible outcomes: defect not discovered: defect is discovered but not measured; defect is discovered and measured. This result permits solving most important problems of pipeline maintenance: prioritization of pipeline segments for repair/rehabilitation; optimization of the time between ILI; minimization of pipe operational risk. Two real cases are described of assessing the probability of fracture/leak of a pipeline section with an external crack at different periods of its performance. The described approach currently is being generalized for the case of multiple stress corrosion SC cracks.

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