Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) is a major integrity management concern for many gas and oil pipeline operators. Predictive models for Stress Corrosion Crack growth were developed using laboratory test data from the mid 1970’s, and limited inspection data and excavation measurements from the early 1990’s. Extensive efforts continue to be made to develop strategies for a better management of the SCC problem. In this paper, a study of crack growth rates was conducted on the Williams 16-inch gas pipeline using data from two consecutive in-line crack detection tool runs and direct field measurements. Findings from this study provide a direct measurement of crack growth rates for ILI crack features with depths ranging from 12.5%wt to 40%wt. Future integrity of the pipeline was assessed. The integrity management strategies could be further refined using the calculated crack growth rate, field excavation data and fracture mechanics based API 579 FAD approach.
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SCC Management and Integrity Planning in a Gas Pipeline
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Katz, D, Limon, S, Gao, M, McNealy, R, Krishnamurthy, R, & McCann, R. "SCC Management and Integrity Planning in a Gas Pipeline." Proceedings of the 2006 International Pipeline Conference. Volume 2: Integrity Management; Poster Session; Student Paper Competition. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. September 25–29, 2006. pp. 317-324. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC2006-10180
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