While the formation of a wrinkle in an onshore pipeline is an undesirable event, in many instances this event does not have immediate pipeline integrity implications. The magnitude or severity of a wrinkle formed due to displacement controlled loading processes (e.g. slope movement, fault displacement, frost heave and thaw settlement) may increase with time, eventually causing serviceability concerns (e.g. fluid flow or inspection restrictions). Pipe wall damage leading to cracking and eventually a loss of containment involves contributions from the wrinkle formation and growth processes, as well as, wrinkle deformations promoted by in-service line pressure, temperature and seasonal soil displacements. The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the ongoing research efforts, sponsored by TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. and Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., towards the development of a mechanics based wrinkle ultimate limits state that may be used in future to evaluate the long term integrity of wrinkled pipeline segments. The research efforts include non-linear finite element modeling to demonstrate the ability of experimentally derived material properties to predict the formation of through wall cracking induced by high and low frequency load effects. This paper outlines the material testing program used to support the development of failure criteria capable of considering the contributions of monotonic deformation, as well as, high and low cycle cyclic loading.

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