Internal corrosion direct assessment (ICDA) for pipeline enhances the abilities to assess internal corrosion in pipeline and is based on the principle that corrosion is most likely where water first accumulates. ICDA employs the same four-step process as all other direct assessment methods. The important step is direct examinations: the pipeline is excavated and examined at locations prioritized to have the highest likelihood of corrosion. A variety of inservice non-destructive examination processes are available to pipeline operators to inspect for internal corrosion. Manual assessment of internal corrosion is considered more challenging than normal external corrosion assessments since the corrosion feature is not visible and must be interpreted by the ultrasonic response, but in the past ultrasonic test need always remove the coating and then measure on the surface of bare pipe, which brings the measurement point of the pipe body more risk because of weaker quality of patch coating. Recently, advances in the design of ultrasonic corrosion thickness gauges utilizing dual element transducers have made it possible to take accurate metal thickness measurements while coatings need not to be removed. This feature is often referred to as echo-to-echo thickness measurements. Using the ultrasound thickness gauge to measure pipeline internal corrosion while external coatings need not to be removed can keep the integrity of coating, make pipeline operating and monitoring more economical and improve inspection activities to estimate corrosion in pipelines for ICDA. Gauge equipment requirement, Measurement procedures and Accuracy were validated in laboratory. How to arrange the gauge locations, interval test time and data treatment and analysis also are the key steps of ICDA for integrity management.

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